Students can spread wings at AirVenture College Park

OSHKOSH, Wis. – High school and college-aged students will now have a gathering spot to call their own at this year’s EAA AirVenture fly-in.

New this year is the EAA Education and Interactive Zone (EIZ) featuring College Park, a pavilion that will feature aviation, professionalism and some fun presented by American Airlines.

There will be more than 35 indoor and outdoor exhibits, an Academy of Model Aeronautics Flight Simulator and daily forums to attend. Companies and colleges will be greeting students and distributing information. Each day prizes will be given away via social media contests, including rides aboard a helicopter and EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor.

“At College Park we are able to meet face to face with young people to generate interest and appreciation for the entire aviation community,” said Captain Bart Roberts, a retired Navy Pilot and Chief Pilot of Line Operations for American Airlines. “And that’s what EAA is all about.”

Back by popular demand this year is EAA’s College Mixer, presented by American Airlines and supported by Jeppesen and, on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6-8:30 p.m. This alcohol-free event gives students the opportunity to enjoy free food and mingle with aviation companies, colleges and other like-minded individuals in a casual environment.

College Park will also be hosting a job fair on Wednesday, July 31, from 12-3 p.m., featuring airlines and other interested companies searching for potential candidates during AirVenture. There are careers for more than just pilots, too.

Copying a typical college campus, “The Quad” grassy area in the EIZ allows students to hang out and kick back during AirVenture. They can play games like bag toss or ladder golf and get the ultimate bragging rights playing EAA’s version of “Minute to Win It.”

Most activities will be interactive and centered on aviation, including The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators’ (SAFE) Pilot Proficiency Project, in partnership with Red Bird Simulations, which offers pilot proficiency forums as well as 11 different flight scenarios that can be “flown” in the Redbird FMX flight simulator. Another interactive exhibit will be provided by, which will have a video promotion of its new, free-to-play online game, World of Warplanes.

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  1. drew says

    how ironic in that “college park” md KCGS has been off limits to most ga pilots siince 9/11
    what freedom to fly
    no student pilots, no flight instruction no flight 10p to 7a

    what a joke

    perhaps eaa could use this unfortunate name to start a movement to reopen college park. it is the longest continuously operating airport in us.

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