A second night air show will be added to the line up at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Night air shows will be held Wednesday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 3.
In 1953 Ken Miller of Van Nuys, Calif., was a college student. He went to the airport with two friends and met a man who was giving rides in his Cessna 150.
“The guy said he would take each of us up for $10 a piece,” Miller recalled. “I had $20 in my pocket. The first guy goes but doesn’t have any money, so I paid for him. Then the second guy goes and he doesn’t have any money so I pay for him too and then I told the pilot I was out of money, but he took me up anyway. I was hooked, and took lessons whenever I could!”
Fast-forward several decades and about 1,500 flight hours later. Miller is at AirVenture standing next to a 1950s-era Cessna 195 with the name Estelle painted on the cowl and Wingster emblazoned on the top wings. According to Miller, the airplane is a flying billboard, designed to attract more people to aviation.
Brad Harman of Texas was named winner of Bruce’s Custom Covers custom-fitted aircraft cover awarded to a Gateway To Oshkosh Fly-in participant.
OSHKOSH — On closing day of the big show, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower reported a “very solid” AirVenture that established a new standard for the Experimental Aircraft Association, according to a report at EAA.org. The report notes that more than 2,500 showplanes registeredm including nearly 1,000 homebuilts and close to 1,000 antiques, Hightower said, adding, “Including 200 Piper J-3 Cubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Thank you Piper Cub owners for making AirVenture special. Expect bigger and better things for 2013 – certainly continuous improvements in what we call the visitor experience. We will continue to invest in making the experience better year after year.”
There was a particularly compelling event at AirVenture this year. One I wish I had been there to see. Sadly, I was unable to attend. But that puts me in the same boat with many thousands of aviation enthusiasts. I was interested, but from afar. I was motivated, but constrained by circumstance. In short, I was somewhere else and I missed it.
The event I allude to is the Cubs 2 Oshkosh mass fly-in. [Read more…]
Amidst this year’s airshow season and continuing extreme/destructive weather, I wonder if aviation events are fully prepared. The National Weather Service’s Storm Ready program can help event organizers minimize weather catastrophes like 2011’s SUN ’n FUN tornado or the multi-fatality Indiana State Fair stage collapse. But how many fly-ins and airshows are so prepared?