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EAA AirVenture Cup Race Creates Pilot Referral Program

May 28, 2015 – A new pilot referral program has been created for the 2015 EAA AirVenture Cup Race, recognizing pilots who refer new pilots to participate in the race that helps kick off the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in.EAA AirVenture Cup

All pilots participating in the referral program will be recognized during the awards dinner and ceremony on Sunday, July 19, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilot who refers the most new racers will receive an autographed copy of the 2015 commemorative program.

To be eligible for the referral program, a pilot must be an active racer in the 2015 AirVenture Cup Race. The referred pilot must not have participated in the race for the two previous years (2013 and 2014). Both the referring and referred pilots must submit their application by the deadline of July 1, 2015.

The 18th annual AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race starts at 9 a.m. CDT on July 19, when 50 or more aircraft are expected to travel the 400-nautical mile course from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Wausau, Wisconsin. The race concludes a weekend of aviation activities at Mount Vernon Outland Airport, the starting point of the air race. The race destination is Wausau Airport, with many participants then traveling on to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race provides pilots and aircraft builders an opportunity to race their aircraft in a safe and fun environment, all while promoting aviation in and over the communities where the races are held. The first race in 1998 started in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with 10 aircraft, and has grown into a major aviation event.

The three-day event begins on Friday, July 17, with pilots arriving from around the country to coincide with Media Day, providing media flights and interview opportunities. On Saturday, July 18, AirVenture Cup participants in partnership with Mount Vernon Outland Airport will host an airport open house and EAA Young Eagles Event, where kids between the ages of 8 and 17 can experience aviation firsthand through free airplane rides.

The AirVenture Race Cup is a timed race, with participants competing against the clock. Aircraft and pilots are divided into categories based on their certification, landing gear configuration, and engine size. Each class has first, second, and third place awards. All event activities are weather dependent.

Interested participants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. The online application and more information, including sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 event and archive information from past events, can be found at

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