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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 Updates

Janine Diana, EAA Lifetime 1082064

Thank you, POP!
The Protect Our Planes (POP) team at AirVenture has been an important part of our convention since it was created in 2001. This volunteer group was responsible for teaching and educating the general public on the basic etiquette of being near an airplane. Over the years, this area has also expanded to assist in welcoming members and the general public to AirVenture and would routinely be seen at the main gates with their eye-catching buttons "How May I Help You."

For AirVenture 2013, this area will be absorbed into a number of different areas of convention to ensure consistency in the overall guest experience. As the years have passed and the communities have expanded, this philosophy should be more than a distinct group of volunteers - it should be part of our standards in all areas.

You will continue to see the POP volunteers dedicating their time in other areas of convention. What continues to amaze me about the volunteers at EAA is, "whatever you need, wherever you need me" is a constant theme.

Thank you, POP Volunteers for filling a need over the years and, most importantly, for continuing to serve in other areas to ensure we offer a memorable Oshkosh experience to members and guests each year. Special thanks to Kevin Rebman EAA#627710, prior volunteer chair of POP, for his leadership, commitment, and oversight through the years.

Welcome College Park Volunteers
The Education and Interactive Zone, in the area that was formerly the site of the LSA Mall, is a new volunteer area of AirVenture this year. This area is a FUN and interactive area targeting young adults (the "millennials") with the goal of inspiring the next generation of aviators! College Park Pavilion, which is located in the hub of the Education and Interactive Zone, has a number of forums and activities throughout the week, including a Job Fair on Wednesday, July 31, and a College Mixer on Friday, August 2. Volunteers in this area are responsible for assisting in overseeing the activities in College Park Pavilion and surrounding area. A special thank you to volunteer chair, Ann Gentz EAA#558697, for her leadership in this new area.

Volunteers Drive Innovation
The Innovations Pavilion has moved to a great new location on Celebration Way for AirVenture 2013! This venue highlights innovations in aviation such as space commercialization and exploration, alternative fuels, green technology and unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to exhibit space for established companies, an innovations committee selected 15 start-up innovators for complimentary space in the entrepreneur area of the venue.

In addition to exhibits, forums focusing on innovation are scheduled throughout the week. A few of the confirmed exhibits for 2013 include ATK, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, NASA, Jet Man and Pratt & Whitney. Volunteers in this area are responsible for assisting with forums and events in the Innovations Pavilion. The innovations committee consists of: Amir Blachman EAA#1103161, Benjamin Marcus EAA#1013959, Marc Ausman Lifetime EAA#768933, Darren Pleasance EAA#582487, Jim McCoy EAA# 294725, Rich Leamon EAA#130909, Meredith Jaeger and Elissa Lines (Staff) EAA# 740373.

Bendix King Sponsors Volunteer T-Shirts
Bendix King is again sponsoring the volunteer t-shirts this year. We know these are prized remembrances of AirVenture and a source of pride among volunteers, as they should be. Please take a moment to thank Bendix King for supporting the volunteer program at AirVenture. We look forward to seeing the red community at convention!

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