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Discover Economical Flying Solutions at the 'Affordable Flying Center' at EAA AirVenture 2008

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 27, 2008) — EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 will be addressing one of the biggest hurdles facing many pilots (and would-be pilots): How to keep the passion for flying within a reasonable budget. During the 56th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 28-August 3, some of the answers will be available at the new "Affordable Flying Center."

This new area, located in the former NASA Pavilion adjacent to AirVenture's Honda Forums Plaza, homebuilt aircraft commercial exhibits and the workshops area, will bring together in one place much of the knowledge and information available throughout the AirVenture grounds.

"The EAA Affordable Flying Center will focus on ways our members can achieve and maintain their dream of flight, even on a limited budget," said Ron Wagner, EAA's manager of field relations, who is organizing the new facility. "EAA members have shown countless creative ways to get the most bang for their aviation bucks through the years. The idea behind the Affordable Flying Center is to collect these ideas and make them available to share with each other."

The Affordable Flight Center will feature a mini forum area, indoor displays, and examples of Standard Category aircraft such as the Taylorcraft, Piper Colt/Tri-Pacer, etc., that can provide an economical pathway to flight. EAA's staff of experts and volunteers will also answer questions and provide information to those seeking a less expensive way to pursue their aviation passion.

Among the other areas of information available for those looking at affordable flight will be:

  • Partnerships and flying clubs
  • Owner-maintenance opportunities
  • Ultralight flying possibilities, an option for individual, personal flight
  • Plans-building, where the builder's time and sweat equity substitute for money to create one of the most cost-effective ways to own a low-cost aircraft.
  • Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft and how this growing category can help enthusiasts pursue their passion for flight for less cost.

"Keeping flight affordable is always a concern for many aviators, and EAA is committed to making the spirit of aviation available to as many people as possible," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "There is no better place than EAA AirVenture to bring together that passion for flying and the information needed to pursue it safely and affordably. Those EAA-member suggestions helped form the foundation for the Affordable Flying Center."

EAA members who would like to share their story about innovative ways to affordably own, build, buy, maintain or fly an aircraft are also welcome to participate at the Affordable Flying Center. There are also opportunities for featured aircraft to be displayed outside the new facility. Ideas and suggestions are currently being accepted By Ron Wagner via e-mail at rwagner@eaa.org.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.

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