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The people you meet

As much as roughly 10,000 aircraft in one place may dazzle us, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is as much or more about the people who flew them there.

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and custom aircraft jewelry maker Rachel St. Louis built the Bushcat airplane that she had on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin on July 26. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Ramona 'SkyChick' Cox presents a seminar on backcountry airplane camping to a standing-room-only crowd. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Chris Caputo of Beta Technologies stays late to answer questions after a seminar on alternative power for aircraft. Photo by David Tulis.
  • School bus driver Lori Koch stocks up on sunglasses at the aviation job fair. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Attendees inspect the work of Mad Custom Cubs, a company that modifies Piper Cubs and Super Cubs and turns them into experimental creations for backcountry duty. Photo by David Tulis.
  • A live recording of the 'Ask the A&Ps' podcast drew a standing-room-only crowd. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Mike Busch, Colleen Sterling, and Paul New entertain and enlighten attendees during a live 'Ask the A&Ps' podcast recording on the AOPA campus. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Aircraft judge Gary Sublette of Westlake, Texas, inspects paperwork. Photo by David Tulis.
  • 'FlightChops' YouTube personality and pilot Steve Thorne visits a Lycoming booth party. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Mike Lents of the University of North Dakota’s aerobatic team greets Elise Wheelock, the regional sales representative for Western Aircraft, during a combined Piper Aircraft and Pilatus Aircraft party. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Horizon Hobby’s Jordan Seward empties the remnants of a morning thunderstorm from the exhibit tent. Photo by David Tulis.
  • The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Richard McSpadden meets with guests during AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis.
  • AOPA staffers assist members visiting the AOPA campus during AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis.

More than 600,000 people are expected to walk through the gates by the time the show concludes, many of them old friends meeting up for the first time in a year. AOPA turned Senior Photographer David Tulis loose on the grounds with his cameras to capture the moments, with an eye out for aviation celebrities and ordinary folks just having some fun in the summer sun.

Achievements, milestones

Aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff recognizes Able Flight Instructor of the Year Cameron Sansone during a ceremony July 25. Photo by David Tulis. Two-time Able Flight scholarship winner Leslie Irby is recognized at a class of 2023 pinning ceremony July 25. Photo by David Tulis. All seven Able Flight class of 2023 scholarship winners are recognized during a pinning ceremony. Photo by David Tulis. Two-time Able Flight scholarship winner Leslie Irby is hugged by Blue 7 Scholarship fundraiser Zack Reising, left, during a class of 2023 pinning ceremony. Irby was awarded a sport pilot certificate and went on to earn a private pilot certificate. Photo by David Tulis. Able Flight class of 2023 scholarship winner Dijon McCorkle applauds as Robert 'Bobby' Dove looks on during their pinning ceremony. Photo by David Tulis. All seven Able Flight class of 2023 scholarship winners are recognized during a pinning ceremony. Photo by David Tulis. Lycoming's Aaron Spotts presents Tecnam Aircraft's Walter Da Costa recognition for 75 years of aircraft manufacturing during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Lycoming's Matt Joiner presents the Experimental Aircraft Association's Ren Scott with recognition for hosting 70 years of the "world's greatest airshow.". Photo by David Tulis. Lycoming employees unveil the 1,000th Thunderbolt engine, which was delivered to aircraft owner Josh Bergmann during AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. EAA President and CEO Jack Pelton welcomes WomenVenture participants near a Boeing Dreamlifter and NASA's Super Guppy. Photo by David Tulis. WomenVenture participants gather for a group photo near a Boeing Dreamlifter and NASA's Super Guppy. Photo by David Tulis. WomenVenture participants capture a memory near a Boeing Dreamlifter and NASA's Super Guppy. Photo by David Tulis.
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