EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The latest innovations, including unmanned aircraft demonstrations, are part of the new Aviation Gateway Park that makes its debut at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The new area builds upon the success of the College Park innovation/education area launched in 2014, according to Experimental Aircraft Association officials.
“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always been about innovation and education, and the new Aviation Gateway Park area is an opportunity to showcase these important initiatives in an even bigger way,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “This is the place to find out what’s new and learn about gateways to aviation for those interested in careers or new innovative technologies.”
One of the highlights of Aviation Gateway Park will be a new “Drone Cage,” where remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) will be demonstrated each day during the show. Manufacturer demos, educational presentations, obstacle course contests, and free flight can be viewed from all sides of the cage, including from bleachers inside the Park’s Innovations Center.
Aviation Gateway Park includes the Innovations Center presented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), where some of the newest concepts in aviation technology are on display; the Education/Career Center presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where more than 20 college aviation programs exhibit; and a special forums area also presented by NATCA.
A plaza area between the three main structures will be a gathering place and home for some of the returning activities from last year’s College Park complex, including a social for college aviation students and an aviation job fair.