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Welcome to AirVenture!
By Jack J. Pelton, CEO/Chairman of the Board, Experimental Aircraft Association
July 22, 2019 - To all EAA members and visitors:
Welcome to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration!
This is an especially notable year, as our 67th annual fly-in convention also marks our 50th consecutive EAA gathering in Oshkosh. The unforgettable moments over the past half-century have made the word "Oshkosh" instantly recognizable in the world of aviation.
AirVenture encompasses every segment of flight in one massive aviation family reunion. Even with all that bigness, if you will, a magic element of Oshkosh is that our individual experiences are made up of thousands of small moments — a surprise meeting with an old friend, a discovery of something new or unexpected, or a shared smile while watching what EAA founder Paul Poberezny called "the vast ocean of air above us."
While you’re here, please remember the "Oshkosh rules" created by Paul: Treat everyone with kindness, be respectful around all aircraft, and pick up that stray piece of trash you see on the grounds. And be sure to thank our volunteers who make it happen.
All of these things create one of the most remarkable events in the world. For more than 50 years, for many of us it has simply been Oshkosh. Thanks for being a part of it and part of the EAA family.
Jack J. Pelton
CEO/Chairman of the Board
Experimental Aircraft Association