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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008


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AirVenture: A shot in the arm for aviation

Final numbers won't be in for a few days, but nearly all indications point to a resounding success for EAA AirVenture 2008. That's the message EAA President Tom Poberezny gave the assembled media at his annual AirVenture wrap-up session early Sunday afternoon.

"This year's convention exceed my expectations, considering the high fuel process and a struggling economy," he said. "But the number of people attending looks to be on a par with last year, and we had more aircraft, showplanes, visiting aircraft.

"Yes, it's been a tough year economically for aviation, but this event is the shot in the arm aviation needed. Exhibitors report brisk sales, the programs offered were the deepest and broadest ever, and when asked what day would be the best to attend, the answer was, 'Every day."

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VideoA Look Back at the Week with Tom Poberezny 
As AirVenture 2008 wound down on Sunday, EAA President Tom Poberezny talked about what's ahead.

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AV Flashback: 1995: Last Oshkosh Eagles Performance
In the Cockpit: Yak 52 TW
Raw Footage:  Warbirds Saturday Spectacular
Photo Gallery: F-22 Raptor
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AirVenture News and Views

EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA Memorial Wall honors those who have gone west
EAA’s annual Memorial Wall ceremony honors, celebrates, and offers remembrance on behalf of dearly departed EAA members and aviation enthusiasts. This poignant service features a recital of the year’s newly inscribed names by EAA’s President Tom Poberezny and includes the playing of taps and a missing-man formation flight overhead. Read more

EAA Founders' Wing Introduced
EAA director Fred Telling discussed the EAA Founders' Wing Saturday with a group of EAA chapter representatives during the Chapter Leaders Breakfast, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum. Telling, chairman of the Founders' Wing fund-raising committee, was joined on stage by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny and Charles Harris, another member of the committee, as they described the importance of preserving EAA's rich heritage. "The EAA Founders' Wing is the perfect opportunity to thank Paul and Audrey Poberezny for everything they've accomplished," Harris said. Read more

Electric Innovator presented with Raspet Award
EAA honored Randall Fishman, EAA 794189, of Cliffside Park, New Jersey, with the 2008 Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award for his accomplishment in developing and flying an electric-powered aircraft. Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership, presented the award to Fishman at the end of the electric power forum on Thursday afternoon, to a standing ovation from the sizable crowd that gathered to participate in the discussion. Read more

PADA annual design trophy awarded to John Roncz
Every year PADA, the Personal Aircraft Design Academy, awards its perpetual trophy to a personal aircraft designer innovator who advanced the state of the art in aircraft performance and efficiency. This year’s trophy was awarded to John Roncz whose custom designed airfoils and wings flew the two round-the-world record airplanes – the Voyager and the GlobalFlyer. Read more

And the winners are ...
AeroShell Square was a buzz with anticipation as the cement mixer with sweepstakes entries rolled into place for the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes drawing. And the winners:

First grand prize - a new Cirrus SR20 with a year's supply of fuel-Greg Thompson, 652822, Fairfax, Virginia
Second grand prize - a RotorWay A600 Talon kit-Mike Schoenmann, #656186, St. Clair, Michigan
Honda ST1300A motorcycle - John Thibout, Napoleonville, Louisiana
John Deere Select Series X700 Ultimate Tractor - Martin Gerhard, Chandler, Arizona
Bose Wave Radio/CD system - Steve Hill, #583395, DeWitt, Illinois
Canon EOS 40D camera - Edward Leddy, #14448, Maryville, Tennessee.

Tickets for the 2009 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes aircraft-a new Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft will become available in mid-October.

2008 EAA Aircraft Awards

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