August 2, 2014 - For vendors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, air traffic is less important than booth traffic, and on that latter count, many exhibitors report this has been a banner year here at the fly-in.
“Phenomenal,” said Ryan Deck, avionics sales manager at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. (Hangar A, 1022-1029, 4113-4114, 476), describing sales activity, with the company setting records on pre-ordered pickups and, when figures are totaled up back home, probably on-site sales as well.
&Wanda Dilley of Rosen Sunvisor Systems (Hangar C, 3082, 3083) proclaimed this “the best year in many years,” with booth traffic driven in part due to a new rail design for Cessna aircraft the company introduced here at the show. The Cessna visor rail system will be available in the fourth quarter.
&At engine monitor manufacturer J.P. Instruments (Hangar A, 1071-1073), Scott Waldmann, company controller, pronounced the company “happy” with sales, as well as the weather, as the booth staff “likes it much better when it’s not so hot.” Traffic and sales were driven by interest in the company’s newest products, the EDM 900 and EDM 930 engine monitors, he said.
&Craig Barnett, president of aircraft paint design specialist Scheme Designers (Hangar C, 3056), said, “We have taken more orders at our booth than I ever even anticipated taking at Oshkosh, and we have had a continuous stream of qualified leads coming through our booth.”
&At Hy Tech Marketing (Hangar D, 4150-4151), which displays both its wire-cutting tool and, across the aisle, massage chairs, assistant manager Mike Ray expressed disappointment with an influx of massage chair vendors. “We’ve got four in this building alone,” he said. Ray would also like vendor parking moved closer to the exhibit hangars, saying that “a lot [of vendors’ staff members] are handicapped.”
&At AviationJewelry.com (Hangar B, 2116), Ashley Hamilton labeled the show “superb,” noting that the Madison, Wisconsin, based company has been exhibiting for more than 40 years, and thus speaks from experience. The biggest seller this year has been “high-wing” aircraft jewelry, which the company can put on bracelets, pendants, or charm bracelets at the booth.