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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New members join Virginia Aviation Board for August meeting, allocate funds



The Virginia Aviation Board met on August 20 in Virginia Beach to review funding recommendations for Commonwealth Airport Fund projects. Funds allocated included $5,668,709.84 for air carrier/reliever airports and $2,431,148.00 for general aviation airports. $10,921,894.99 in state entitlement funds will also be paid to air carrier airports.

Projects include:

$1,623,293.00 for Shenandoah Valley Regional's Air Carrier Terminal Building Renovation (Construction)

$642,485.84 (entitlement) and $2,159,822.16 (discretionary) for Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional's Runway 21 Extension - Phase 1B (Construction)

$2,062,236.52 (entitlement) and $714,179.48 (discretionary) for Richmond International's General Aviation Apron & Clear Span Hangar Site Preparation (Construction)

$795,902.00 for Mountain Empire's Terminal Building (Construction)

The August board meeting was the first for members John Mazza Jr. and Alex Vogel, who were appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in July.


Mazza is president of Medallion Swimming Pool Company, Inc. in Colonial Heights. He is the current president of the Virginia Airports Owners Association, and a member of the Capital Region Airport Commission-Richmond International Airport as well as Dinwiddie Airport and Industrial Authority.

Throughout his aviation career, he has helped make safety improvements to airports across the state including installing security cameras at Dinwiddie Airport, clearing obstacles from approaches to airports, holding safety briefings and flight formation clinics, and advocating for airports' automated weather observing systems (AWOS). He was also this year’s recipient of the W. Calvin Falwell/Major Kenneth Rowe Award for Aviation Safety. The award is part of the Governor’s Transportation Safety Awards program, which recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to transportation safety in Virginia.

In 2008, Mazza became an on-air commentator on aviation safety for WTVR-TV6 (CBS) in Richmond. He has been featured on stories about the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the recent plane crash in Louisa County. He holds a commercial pilot license as well as Airplane Single Land, Multi-Engine Land and Instrument Airplane licenses. Mazza presently flies a North American SNJ as well as a Yak 52, Beech Bonanza and a Piper Comanche. He is also a volunteer pilot for the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach where he is a co-pilot on a B-25 as well as a PBY Catalina.

Vogel is co-founder and partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., a non-partisan lobbying group, in Washington, DC. He has lobbied on behalf of aviation organizations like the Air Transport Association on issues such as the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Act and the Abolishing Aviation Barriers Act. He is a pilot and owns a single-engine Cessna.

In the years prior to launching Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., Vogel served as chief counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D Prior to that, he was general counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He began his legal career with Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

Today, Vogel is a sought after lecturer and speaker on politics and elections. He has spoken at diverse venues including the German Marshall Fund, the CATO Institute and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was named by Details magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Men Under 39”and was named twice to Roll Call newspaper’s “Fabulous 50”- a listing of the most influential people on Capitol Hill.

The Virginia Airport System is made up of seven regions and represented through the Virginia Aviation Board. Members of the board are appointed by the Governor to represent defined geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The board establishes and monitors funding program policy and provides a means of citizen access to the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) in an effort to promote and develop a safe aviation environment. The board accomplishes this by allocating funds to worthy aviation projects.

State gears up for Fall fly-ins and airshows

Virginia airshow season is upon us! Below is a list of airshows and fly-ins taking place across the Commonwealth. Feel free to add to your calendars.

September 4

The 19th Annual Louisa County Airshow will take place from 11a.m.- 4 p.m. at Louisa County Airport/Freeman Field. Aerobatic performances, aircraft static displays, radio-controlled model airplanes, food, music, face painting, balloons, aircraft rides (fee), exhibits and more. For more information, contact Dawn Pickhardt Howard at 540-967-0050 or dawnp@nexet.net.


September 10-12

EAA's "Salute to Veterans" B-17 Tour will stop at Leesburg Executive Airport. EAA Chapter 186 will be hosting the event. This one-of-a-kind tour brings the beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" to local airports across the nation for flight experiences and walk-through tours. Out of more than 12,000 that were built, this aircraft is one of a handful of airworthy B-17's still flying. To reserve a seat on a flight or get more information, call 800-359-6217 or visit http://www.b17.org/.


September 11

Front Royal Annual Airshow will be held from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Front Royal-Warren County Airport. The event includes Flying Circus, warbirds, static displays, aerobatics, antique autos, airplane pull competition, hot air balloons and more. The event is sponsored by Warren County. For more information, contact Reginald Cassagnol at 540-635-3570 or mailto:CGACASS@yahoo.com.


September 18

Stafford Rotary’s 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Stafford Regional Airport. The event includes a fly-In, car show, bike show, Chick-Fil-A cow drop, Young Eagle flights, warbirds, experimental and vintage aircraft. For more information, contact Ed Wallis at 540-658-9313 or mailto:info@StaffordAirport.com%20.


September 19

New London Fly-In will take place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at New London Airport in Forest.. All day family fun, aircraft displays, old engines, old cars, all-American breakfast and lunch, kids games and more. For more information contact David Miller at 540-586-5155 or millerrv6@verizon.net or newlondonairport.com.


September 23-26

"Let Freedom Ring" will take place from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1416, the event honors veterans, pays tribute to those who have fallen, and educates children. There will be static displays and fly-bys of warbirds. For more information, contact Bob Spera at 276-328-5300 or liberty@mounet.com or visit libertyflyingservice.com.


September 25

2010 Dulles Family Day & Plane Pull will be held at Washington Dulles International Airport. A benefit for Special Olympics Virginia, the pull is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus the fastest. Teams are made up of 25 members, who all line up adjacent to a huge rope attached to the aircraft. The starter signals when to start and starts the stopwatch. After the team pulls the aircraft 12 feet, the stopwatch stops and the elapsed time is recorded as the team score. But it's more than just a Plane Pull! An entire festival has grown up around the competition and features a wide range of events and activities for the entire family. Come check out the car show, aircraft displays, exhibitor areas, games, & rides in the Kids Corner, live music, concessions and more! There’s even a School Bus Pull for the kids. For more information, visit http://www.planepull.com/


September 25

Wings & Wheels is an annual car and air show located at Hummel Airfield in Topping. This rain-or-shine festival provides a great all-day experience for family and friends. In addition to dozens of automobiles and aircraft, food and craft vendors are located throughout the festival grounds for all visitors. There is free admittance for visitors; however, donations are appreciated. Parking is also available within walking distance with an appreciated $5.00 donation to the fire department. For more information, visit http://www.wingsandwheels.us/


September 25

Twin County Airport Open House is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include a classic car drive, fly-in, live entertainment by Legacy, and static displays of military aircraft, helicopters, biplanes, power parachutes, and radio-controlled aircraft demos. Please bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact Dave Ritter at 276-728-4504.


October 2-3

EAA Chapter 186 "Flyin & Cruisin Festival" will be held from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Winchester Regional Airport. Two days of family fun including pancake breakfast each day, fly-in aircraft, classic and antique cars, youth activities including moon bounce and Young Eagles rides (Saturday only). Berlin Airlift C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" on display with a candy drop on Sunday. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 186. For more information, contact Rich Largent at (301) 801-3725 or mailto:snooksflyer@verizon.net


October 9

Air Fest 2010 will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Culpeper Regional Airport. Static displays of aircraft from vintage planes to modern jets, an airshow to see these planes in flight, fun for the whole family, and more. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tanya Woodward at (540) 825-8280 or twoodward@culpepercounty.gov or visit http://www.culpeperairport.com/.

October 16
Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house. More details to come.

October 22

Fifth Annual Aviation Education Expo hosted by ProJet Aviation at Leesburg Executive Airport. For more information contact Julie O'Brien, Director of Marketing at 877-PRO-JET1 or mailto:julie@projetaviation.com.


October 23

Leesburg Executive Airport Airshow will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. For more information contact, Tim Deike at (703) 737-7126 or tdeike@leesburgva.gov.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Virginia pilots win Top Eagle honors for 2010


The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) recently recognized Rick Rahim of Great Falls, Richard Largent of Stephens City (who was honored at the Virginia Aviation Conference, photo right) and William Bryant of Woodlawn with Top Eagle awards for their participation in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested children, ages 8-17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation aircraft. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Over this past year, in the Commonwealth of Virginia alone, 1,704 young people were introduced to aviation through the program. Rahim topped the list with 243 Young Eagles flown, Largent came in second with 150 flights and Bryant came in third place, flying 70 Young Eagles.

The Young Eagles Program has counted more than 1.5 million flights since the program’s beginning. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 41,000 volunteer pilots.

For more information about Young Eagles, visit http://www.youngeagles.org/ or call 877-806-8902.

Friday, August 27, 2010

FAA Finalizes Recurrent Aircraft Registration Rule

In an effort to create a more accurate aircraft registration database, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that.

The rule establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule.

All aircraft registration certificates issued on or after Oct. 1, 2010 will be good for three years with the expiration date clearly shown.

"These improvements will give us more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

Current regulations require owners to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address, but many owners have not complied with those requirements.

Re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft by Dec. 31, 2013 will enhance the database with current data derived from recent contact with aircraft owners. The new regulations also will ensure that aircraft owners give the FAA fresh information at least once every three years when they renew their registration. The FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft that are not re-registered or renewed.

The schedule for re-registration and registration expiration is:

Re-registration and registration expiration
Certificate issued (Any year)
Certificate expires
Re-registration required

March
March 31, 2011
Nov. 1, 2010-Jan. 31, 2011

April
June 30, 2011
Feb. 1-April 30, 2011

May
Sept. 30, 2011
May 1-July 31, 2011

June
Dec. 31, 2011
Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2011

July
March 31, 2012
Nov. 1, 2011-Jan. 31, 2012

August
June 30, 2012
Feb. 1- April 30, 2012

September
Sept. 30, 2012
May 1-July 31, 2012

October
Dec. 31, 2012
Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2012

November
March 31, 2013
Nov. 1, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013

December
June 30, 2013
Feb. 1-April 30, 2013

January
Sept. 30, 2013
May 1-July 31, 2013

February
Dec. 31, 2013
Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2013

The final rule can be found at:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17572.htm

Virginia Aviation Conference wrap-up

Sorry for the delay in posting this week! We've been busy bees since returning from the Virgnia Aviation Conference! Below are a few photos and a wrap-up of the event. Thanks for everyone who attended! We hope to see you next year!





More than 220 airport managers and sponsors, consultants, Virginia Aviation Board members, industry professionals and other members of Virginia’s aviation community gathered in Virginia Beach for the 36th annual Virginia Aviation Conference Aug. 17-20. The conference’s theme was “Virginia Airports: Leveraging Resources for Success.”

The 4-day conference, sponsored by the Virginia Aviation Board, Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), Virginia Airport Operators Council and the Virginia Business Aviation Association, kicked off with welcoming remarks from DOAV Director Randall Burdette and Diane Crean, FAA Eastern Region Deputy, who discussed the wide array of educational aviation programs for kids ranging from 5th grade through high school the FAA offers.

Keynote speaker Mark Grady, aviation writer and commercial pilot, used wit and humor to encourage conference attendees to build better relationships with their local media so more positive aviation stories will be covered. After his presentation, Sen. Yvonne Miller, Del. Joe May; John-Garrett Kemper of Kemper Consulting, Keith McCrea of DOAV; and Mark McGuire of Campbell & Paris Engineers participated in a panel discussion about ways to share information with Virginia’s government officials.

After lunch, airport managers, sponsors and consultants had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with the respective region’s Virginia Aviation Board member. The results of those discussions were reported later that afternoon.

The Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet was held Wednesday night. Jacqueline L. Shuck was named “Virginia Airport Manager of the Year” for her achievements at the Roanoke Regional Airport. Ray Conlon received the “Virginia Aviation Person of the Year” award in recognition of his significant role in ensuring the safety of Virginia’s airports as Chief Inspector of Austin Electrical Construction. James E. Bennett was honored with the “Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award” for his lifetime contributions to aviation in Virginia as President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Richard Largent was also recognized as one of Virginia’s Top Eagle pilots, and John Billings was named the Virginia Pilot of the Year by AngelFlight Mid-Atlantic.

Conference attendees had the option of attending two out of four workshops Thursday morning. The first workshop was called “ACRP: What Does That Stand for Again?” presented by Michael R. Salamone, manager of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Transportation Research Board. The ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies. Salamone explained to attendees how to communicate their airports’ issues and receive help from the program.

The second workshop featured Chesapeake Regional Airport Manager Joe Love and Pat O’Donnell of Kaufman & Canoles and their experience fighting inverse condemnation, when government takes private property but fails to pay the just compensation required by the Constitution, on the airport. In order to be compensated, the owner must sue the government.

The third workshop focused on airport economics and featured speakers Ed Wallis, manager of Stafford Regional Airport, and Terry Page of the FAA—Washington Airports District Office. The fourth workshop was called “Meeting FAA Compliance Standards” by Mahendra Raghubeer of the FAA- Eastern Region-Airports Division.

Thursday’s lunch featured Ken Scott, who discussed his experiences as former executive director of the Norfolk Airport Authority.

Friday morning featured a session called “Creativity in Leveraging Resources” presented by Brian McKeehan of Delta Airport Consultants with contributions from Michael St. Jean, manager of Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport, Joe Love, manager of Chesapeake Regional Airport, and Hank Rempe, manager of Hanover County Airport and Lake Anna Airport. The session was moderated by Bill Kelly, manager of New Kent County Airport.

The August Virginia Aviation Board meeting followed Friday morning’s session.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pilots n Paws needs your help!


Just got an e-mail from Pilots N Paws--a wonderful organization that pairs rescue, shelter and foster animals with pilots willing to help transport them to their new homes. Please help them if you can!

Hello Pilots and Volunteers! We need your help!! Last year we were very successful in working together to move thousands of animals during the Pilots N Paws 5000. This year's mission is the "Pilots N Paws Gulf Coast Rescue Flyway: Pilots, planes andvolunteers helping the Animals of NOLA"

Many of you have likely seen the news reports. There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of animals who need to move out of the NewOrleans/Gulf Coast area. These are perfectly healthy animals who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in a shelter. Many had families who loved them and are direct victims of the oil spill disaster. Their owners have lost their jobs, their homes, have no income and are barely surviving. They are turning their animals over to various shelters and rescue groups to at least give their pets a chance at finding someone to care for them.

We also have an extreme shortage of volunteer pilots in that area so we have not been able to fulfill requests to move these animals to other areas. NEXT MONTH WE HOPE TO CHANGE THAT!! On September 18, with the 19th as a back-up weather date, possibly even the following weekend should the weather be totally uncooperative, we are asking for pilot volunteers to work together to move as many of these fully-vetted animals to three specific areas of the country. The areas are Lakeland, Florida, D.C. (Warrenton, VA) and Caldwell, N.J.

Florida route: Approximately 60-70 animals will be heading to three organizations in Florida: The Lakeland SPCA, the Tampa Humane Society and possibly theWellington/West Palm Humane Society. Thank you to these three groups for stepping up and opening their doors!KNEW, New Orleans Lakefront AirportKMAI, Marianna Municipal Airport, Marianna Florida for transfer to secondleg pilots KLAL, Lakeland Linder Airport where rescues will meet the arriving pilots.

D.C./Warrenton Va. Route: 30 animals will be headed to the D.C. area. Lucky Dog Rescue has generouslyagreed to receive a few of the dogs and PetConnet is working with theLouisiana SPCA to take animals in as well. If you are a rescue in the D.C. area and have space for a few more, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the sending groups in New Orleans. A PNP pilot from Clemson,S.C. has offered to fly and load his Pilatus in New Orleans and head back to Clemson to hand off to other pilots for the second leg of this trip to Warrenton, VA. KNEW, New Orleans Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, La.KCEU, Oconee County Regional Airport, Clemson, S.C. KHWY, Warrenton-Fauquier Airport , Warrenton, VA where rescues will meet the arriving pilots.

Caldwell, N.J. route: 20 or more number of animals headed to Caldwell, N.J. for pick up.PetRescueInc, Friends of Homeless Animals, Dawns Canine Rescue, and St. Huberts Shelter are willing to accept more rescued animals if we can get them there. This is the longest route and we will truly need several pilots working together with overnight foster locations on call if needed. KNEW, New Orleans Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, La.KTYS, McGhee-Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN for transfer to second leg pilots. KMGW, Morganton Muni Airport, Morganton, WV for transfer to third-leg pilots (emergency overnight fosters and volunteers needed)KCDW, Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ where rescues will meet arriving pilots.

We also have discounted hotel room rates and fuel rates for those pilotswho want to fly down the day before and spend the night in New Orleans. Transport from Aero Premier FBO at New Orleans Lakefront to the Drury Innwill be available to and from the hotel. The receiving areas may be expanded beyond just these three destinations if we have pilots willing to fly the routes.

We have rescues in the Madison,Wisc. area and the Chicago area who are interested in opening their doors to animals in need. If you are a pilot along the route from New Orleans to one of these two locations, please let us know and we will expand our Rescue Flyway!

The caring rescues and shelters invovled in preparing and sending these rescue aniamls are Louisiana SPCAPAWS--Friends of Plaquemine Parish ShelterJefferson Parish Shelter East and WestOther small rescue groups who care!

If you are a rescue who can receive animals, please let us know. If you can offer temporary emergency foster in any of the route locations listed above, please send us a note as well.

Working together, we can save lives. One of our pilots has a sign in theside window of her plane that says "This plane has saved __ number of lives" Let's make that number climb next month by transporting as many animals as possible and giving them a chance to find that very specialhome.Please reply to this message on the forum board https://www.doav.virginia.gov/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.pilotsnpaws.org/forum/posting.php?mode=edit%26f=27%26p=24091 or to us privately through pilotsnpaws@gmail.com to let us know what you can do to help. Make a flight, save a life! We can do it thanks to all of you who care sopassionately!!--
Thanks, The Pilots N Paws Management

Monday, August 16, 2010

Virginia Aviation Conference is here!

The entire DOAV crew is packed and ready to head down to the Wyndham Oceanfont in Virginia Beach for the 36th annual Virginia Aviation Conference tomorrow! If you are unable to join us this year, check the blog for live updates from the conference as well as photos!

We have some great speakers lined up including aviation funnyman Mark Grady and former executive director of the Norfolk Airport Authority Ken Scott, as well as some very informative workshops like "Opening Doors: Sharing Information with Virginia Government" and "Creativity in Leveraging Resources."

Hope you're able to join us! Next stop, the beach!

Friday, August 13, 2010

DOAV experiening e-mail outages

FYI- if you are trying to e-mail anyone at the Department of Aviation, our e-mail system is currently down and will be through the end of the day. If you need to reach a DOAV employee, please call 804-236-3624. The Website is also down.

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Virginia Aviation Awards to be presented at annual conference

The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) will present the 2010 Virginia Aviation Awards at the 36th annual Virginia Aviation Conference Aug. 17-20 in Virginia Beach. The awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jacqueline L. Shuck will be named “Virginia Airport Manager of the Year” for her achievements at the Roanoke Regional Airport. As Executive Director, she has worked to improve air service and help promote economic development in the Roanoke region for the last 21 years. In addition, she has worked on various projects benefitting airport operators across the Commonwealth. Her accomplishments have been extensive and diverse, and she has exemplified the characteristics and qualities for a top-rated airport manager.

Ray Conlon will receive the “Virginia Aviation Person of the Year” award in recognition of his significant role in ensuring the safety of Virginia’s airports as Chief Inspector of Austin Electrical Construction. His time and effort in maintaining runway/taxiway lighting systems, weather reporting systems, ILS, and approach path indicators has been noted and appreciated by airports across the Commonwealth. He has donated his personal time, resources and financial contributions for the education and betterment of the aviation community.

James E. Bennett will be honored with the “Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award” for his lifetime contributions to aviation in Virginia. As President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, he led a multi-disciplinary organization consisting of over 1,400 employees operating Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, and the Dulles Corridor for 14 years. Under his leadership, Dulles improved its position as a major transatlantic gateway. He also implemented passenger service improvements in both Dulles and Reagan National, a green program to reduce energy use and a host of operational improvements such as the new Dulles Tower, construction of the Dulles Rail System and its 4th and 5th runways. His 32 years of innovative thinking and planning have been an asset not only to the Commonwealth, but the national and international aviation community as well.

The recipients will be recognized at the Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet on Aug. 18 at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel starting at 7 p.m.

Virginia pilots win Top Eagle honors for 2010

The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) recently recognized Rick Rahim of Great Falls, Richard Largent of Stephens City and William Bryant of Woodlawn with Top Eagle awards for their participation in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested children, ages 8-17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation aircraft. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Over this past year, in the Commonwealth of Virginia alone, 1,704 young people were introduced to aviation through the program. Rahim topped the list with 243 Young Eagles flown, Largent came in second with 150 flights and Bryant came in third place, flying 70 Young Eagles.

The Young Eagles Program has counted more than 1.5 million flights since the program’s beginning. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 41,000 volunteer pilots.

For more information about Young Eagles, visit www.youngeagles.org or call 877-806-8902.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Recovering from Airventure


The DOAV show crew has made it home sweet home! Thanks to everyone who helped make Airventure a blast this year! We'll be back next year with more peanuts in tow!

EAA AirVenture overcame the July rains that slowed preparations and soared to a big finish on Sunday, completing a week that saw a total attendance of 535,000 people and more than 10,000 airplanes.

“The preparations for this year’s event were the most challenging in my 35 years as fly-in chairman,” said EAA chairman/president Tom Poberezny. “However, it’s not how you begin, it’s how you finish. Through the dedication of our volunteers and staff, as well as the support of the Oshkosh region and the aviation community, AirVenture 2010 remains the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, with programs and activities that can be found nowhere else.”

While the attendance figure was seven below that record-setting levels of 2009, it was very similar to total attendance for 2006 through 2008.

“We had expected to have a slightly lower attendance figure this year after last year’s blockbuster event. This year’s weather challenges early in the week also had an effect,” Poberezny said. “The second half of the week, however, was outstanding, especially with such activities as those on Saturday that included the night air show. We were not only very pleased with the attendance figures, but also with the positive response and the upbeat spirit from all those who attended.”

The final numbers also included:
  • More than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.
  • 2,380 showplanes, including 1,106 homebuilt aircraft, 635 vintage airplanes, 374 warbirds, 115 ultralights, 120 seaplanes and 30 rotorcraft.
  • 777 commercial exhibitors, up from 750 in 2009.
  • 2,167 international visitors registered from 66 nations, with Canada (586 visitors), Australia (350), and Brazil (221) the top three nations. This total includes only non-U.S. visitors who register at the International Visitors Tent, so the actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.
  • Campers in the aircraft and drive-in area estimated at more than 36,000.
  • 979 media representatives from six continents.
EAA is already looking toward next year with some big plans in place for AirVenture 2011, which runs July 25-31 next year.

“While we’ll continue to develop programs and activities in the coming months, AirVenture has already been designated a major event by the U.S. Navy for its Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration in 2011,” Poberezny said. “The overwhelming positive response to our inaugural night air show on July 31 also solidifies our plan to do it again next year. We already have ideas to make it even better in 2011. Our goal is to make next year’s AirVenture to be an event that you don’t want to miss.”