Everybody knows that people who are into aviation are rich. They’re spoiled, self-absorbed, 1%-ers who have no regard for what it takes to get by in the real world. Heck, airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that’s just for the small ones. Yep, pilots and aircraft owners are filthy rich scum who do nothing but sponge off the poor and the middle class so they can live out their dreams in luxurious splendor.
That’s a common perspective, you have to admit. If you fly, or wish to fly, you’ve heard it time and again. But you’ve also noticed that your personal experience doesn’t quite match up with the classic stereotype of what this aviation crowd is supposed to be. [Read more…]
Reader Kevin Brown sent in this photo taken at Oshkosh as a storm rolled in on Saturday morning of the fly-in. [Read more…]
How do you get to Oshkosh from here? If you’re headed that way for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s famed AirVenture in late July, there’s the Fisk Arrival, which gives new meaning to “line up and wait” — in motion.
It’s very exciting, merging all kinds of airplanes, arriving from all points of the compass, at widely divergent airspeeds, into a complex holding pattern, to land at what is, for one week, the world’s busiest airport. Somehow, thanks to guys on the ground with binoculars and pink shirts, it seems to work, but a camping space next to your friends is not guaranteed.
There is, as it turns out, a better way. It’s called the mass arrival. [Read more…]
OSHKOSH, Wis. – Phillips 66 Aviation revealed that this year’s Leadership Award winner is Fred Stadler, a year-round volunteer for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Stadler reached an unprecedented milestone in July when he flew his 6,000th Young Eagle, setting the record for the most volunteer flights by any pilot participant in the program. [Read more…]
The inaugural class of aeroinnovators “graduated” from the first-ever aviation accelerator in the country during AeroInnovate’s Pitch and Mingle event this week at AirVenture.
AeroInnovate is an aviation accelerator program that operates under the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center.
Pitch and Mingle, an annual event held during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture since 2009, provides industry leaders and potential investors from across the nation the ability to network with fellow entrepreneurs.
During the event, five companies pitched their aviation business ventures to a group of investors, including ICARUS Devices, Interactive Aerial, Advanced Vector Analytics, Enduralock and Grypshon Industries.
“It is incredibly exciting to see the first class graduate, especially if they receive strong investments. It means that we are doing something right,” said Audra Hoy, AeroInnovate director at UW Oshkosh.
The AeroInnovate accelerator program offers aviation/aerospace startups access to capital, expertise, mentorship and its network. To date, AeroInnovate has allowed 32 companies to pitch innovations to investors. Upon graduation of the first accelerator class, that number will jump to 37. The second accelerator class is expected to kick off June 2016.