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Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience Debuts at NBAA
October 20, 2016 - EAA’s Spirit of Aviation mobile experience trailer is bringing EAA’s mission and passion to aviation and non-aviation events throughout the country, with its debut at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando early next month.
The mobile experience has been in the works for more than a year and is designed to bring the EAA brand to aviation enthusiasts through hands-on, member-tested activities engaging people in what EAA is all about.
“We want to promote EAA, our passion for flight, and our mission of growing participation in aviation in way that’s fun and engaging,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The Spirit of Aviation mobile marketing unit brings EAA to life through immersive activities and virtual reality experiences, giving visitors a glimpse into the world of aviation, as well as inviting them to be part of EAA’s dynamic, growing, and innovative member community.”
Visitor experiences include flight time in two Redbird TD flight simulators, a “Welcome to EAA” 360-degree virtual reality video, and two hands-on EAA-branded activities: a sheet metal cookie cutter project sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and an FT Venture foam glider, sponsored by Flitetest.
The 53-foot semitrailer is also a rolling billboard for EAA, which includes graphics highlighting a Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft and its futuristic design representing EAA’s experimental aircraft roots. It also features visibility for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program. Other unique features of the mobile display are a reproduction of the Wittman Regional Airport control tower, a pop-out stage, and an activity area that can be repurposed for presentations and other activities.
“Naturally we want to welcome current EAA members at aviation events, but this experience reaches beyond to non-aviation events, where we can engage people of all ages who are fascinated with flight,” Chaimson said. “EAA has always been open to everyone who wishes to participate. Going beyond the usual airport and aviation locations will allow EAA to connect with more people throughout the country in ways we haven’t been able to previously. We’re taking Oshkosh on the road!”
Following the Spirit of Aviation debut at the NBAA convention, the trailer will head to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January before embarking on a full tour during 2017. Complete schedule information will be announced as it is finalized.