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July 31, 2014
By AOPA ePublishing staff
A private pilot from Georgia was attending EAA AirVenture for the first time after winning a travel package in an aviation headset manufacturer’s random drawing.
William Klein of Vidalia, Georgia’s name was drawn as the winner of Lightspeed Aviation’s VIP trip to AirVenture, which is taking place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, through Aug. 3. Klein's name went into the competition after he purchased a Lightspeed Zulu 2 headset, the company said in a news release.
The all-expenses-paid trip for two will cover lodging, airfare, and attendance at a variety of aviation experiences at the world's biggest fly-in for the Gulfstream Aerospace project engineer who has been a private pilot since 2003, and is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His fiancée was to accompany him to AirVenture.
"It is so exciting that the winner of the VIP trip to Oshkosh is someone that has always dreamed of going and has never had the chance to," said Teresa De Mers, Lightspeed’s executive vice president for sales, marketing, and customer support.
Lightspeed, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, introduced its first product at the annual aviation event in Oshkosh in 1996.
The company also promotes aviation through the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, established in 2010 to support "growth and compassion-related causes with an aviation focus" through grants issued under its Pilot’s Choice Program.
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