Renowned airshow announcer Roscoe D. Morton passed away Saturday, June 15, at his home in Frostproof, Florida.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29.
“Let me be clear: We have consistently regarded the FAA’s move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year,” said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. [Read more...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh attracts more aircraft, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts than any other aviation gathering in the United States, but this year EAA is facing paying the FAA an estimated $500,000 for doing its job.
Payment is necessary, say FAA officials, because sequester has cut off necessary funds.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — As a part of EAA’s AirVenture 2013’s Salute to Veterans activities, Old Glory Honor Flight, in partnership with American Airlines and Oshkosh Corporation, will provide a special one-time only event for Vietnam War veterans on Friday, Aug. 2. Vietnam veterans will embark on a journey from the AirVenture grounds to Washington, D.C. to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Smithsonian American History Museum, and the Arlington National Cemetery — at no cost
In an editorial in the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) says the FAA’s demand that the Experimental Aircraft Association pay $500,000 to cover some of the costs of air traffic controllers at the show is “nothing less than another attempt to impose user fees on general aviation — something Congress has rejected numerous times. I question the authority the FAA has to impose these fees.”
He also notes that pilots flying to and from Oshkosh will “dramatically enhance the coffers of the (Aviation) Trust Fund by hundreds of thousands of dollars — revenues that would otherwise not be there if not for AirVenture. The FAA should consider these revenues in its decision as opposed to just the costs.” Read the full editorial here.
Even after the Congress enacted legislation that enabled the FAA to fully fund air traffic services, the agency is asking the Experimental Aircraft Association to cover some of the costs for its AirVenture operations, including air traffic controllers’ travel, per diems, and overtime, which had traditionally been covered by the FAA.
“This issue is significantly bigger than AirVenture,” said EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton. [Read more...]
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, plus several new aircraft classes that will allow even more pilots to participate in this competition prior to the EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the world’s first jet-powered man, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 29-Aug. 4.
The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. Those attending AirVenture this year will have the opportunity to experience a Special Preview Screening at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, Aug. 2, one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide.