EAA AirVenture 2012 News
The Goodyear blimp is among the most recognizable aircraft in the world, and steeped in decades of tradition. With the Ohio tire and rubber company preparing to replace its fleet of blimps with semi-rigid Zeppelin NT airships, one thing won't change: the word "blimp."
Many pilots and aviation supporters who attended EAA AirVenture took the opportunity to submit comments to the FAA on the AOPA/Experimental Aircraft Association medical petition, which would allow pilots to fly recreationally under certain conditions by completing an online medical awareness course, performing self-assessment before every flight, and using their driver's license in lieu of a third class medical.
Weather challenges changed the course but did not dampen enthusiasm as 40 aircraft participated in the 2012 Airventure Cup air race, flown July 22 between Mitchell, S.D., and Waupaca, Wis.
While overall attendance at EAA AirVenture 2012 was down, some vendors saw increased sales, taken as signs of hope for the long-suffering industry. Among them was Priceless Aviation Products, which sold dozens of aircraft tugs at the weeklong show in Oshkosh, Wis.
It's a given that at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., you'll see airplanes. But what pilots put on and in those airplanes and what they do with their aircraft - from landing on a pickup truck to heart-pumping aerobatic routines - are part of the excitement of attending the show. More than 500,000 attendees from 71 countries and 10,000 aircraft took part in the weeklong event. Check out these highlights and see how one aircraft is literally helping to air some dirty laundry.
Seventy AOPA Foundation donors heard exclusive issue briefings while also enjoying an up-close-and-personal view of the July 25 airshow at EAA AirVenture. AOPA President Craig Fuller and Foundation President Bruce Landsberg updated the group on AOPA initiatives and funding successes and challenges.
AOPA is one of many organizations reaching out to the next generation of aviators, offering scholarships, free memberships, and other incentives designed to light a spark and stem the loss of pilots and other professionals that threaten the industry.