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We had a tremendous week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at the world's largest aviation event, AirVenture 2016. Thousands of people got a chance to sit and enjoy the interiors of the Switchblade. The dashboard mock-up of the interior was very well received, and we even got two thumbs up from some celebrity visitors. You can see how crowded the booth typically was in the images below. We held a press conference at AirVenture, during which we gave some huge news - see below for that!

Birmingham, AL -- August 16, 2016 -- Bombshell, a 1940’s word defining beautiful women like famous actress Jean Harlow  is now used to celebrate the powerful women in our community featured in the museum’s Bombshell Calendar who raise money for women pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace.  Celebrity Bombshells include Comedienne Joy star of Dining Out with Comedienne Joy, Nicole Allshouse and Erica Lembo with Talk of Alabama ABC 33/40, Kayla Funk with Open Hands Overflowing Hearts, Andrea Lindenberg of Talk 99.5, Coquette Barnes former TWA Flight Attendant, and Alison Page owner of Aero Joe.  The 2016-2017 calendar will be revealed at the Southern Museum of Flight's Bombshell Celebration for Women in Aviation, Friday, August 26 from 6-9 PM.  Tickets to the event are $30 and calendars are $20 each and are purchased online at

Expo is thrilled to have Dr. Peggy Chabrian as a forum speaker for the 2017 event.

Mexico, Missouri – Celebrating the 25th Open Hangar Days brings new and exciting activities to Zenith Aircraft Company. This year's annual fly-in promises to be the biggest yet, with fun contests, educational seminars, social activities, including a live band at the kit aircraft factory located in central Missouri. 

FAIRFAX, Minn., August 3, 2016 – Structural design of Schweiss Doors hydraulic doors now includes the application of hydraulic wind pins.

Cessna Pilot Centers Release Training Kit Update

August 3, 2016: AirVenture Press Recap - Cessna Pilot Centers’ use of the latest iPad technology gives pilots convenient access to their online courses even when they are offline. The CPC Companion app, a free download from the Apple App Store, allows pilots to download lessons from their courses to their iPad. 

Comment from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton: 

“It was a magical week at Oshkosh this year. You could sense the enthusiasm throughout the grounds no matter where you were. From the aviation anniversaries we celebrated, to the magnificent performances by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, to the airplanes and aviators who were here, there was an energy that reinvigorated everyone involved in aviation. We premiered our annual Founders Innovation prize and celebrated the flight of our 2 millionth Young Eagle with thousands of EAA-member pilots who made that remarkable achievement possible. Our industry partners conducted more than 70 news conferences in Oshkosh, launching countless new products and technologies that benefit the aviation community.”

July 2016 — Bend, Ore. — On opening day of EAA AirVenture, Epic Aircraft, manufacturer of high performance, all carbon fiber, single-engine turboprop aircraft, completed its inaugural Odyssey World Tour. The 21-day, 21-city journey concluded with the six participating aircraft flying inline formation to the show to celebrate their successful circumnavigation of the globe. Thus concludes a journey of adventure, experience, endurance, and achievement.

Oshkosh, WI June 25, 2016 – Leading aircraft insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), announced today the finalist in their inaugural “Get into the AIR” aviation scholarship. The competition was fierce but the AIR scholarship committee ultimately decided on an aircraft dispatcher that stood out from the rest of the applications, Caitlin Lyons.

Aircraft Spruce will begin distributing printed copies and CD versions of their new 2016-2017 catalog at EAA’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Few people today begin a homebuilt or restoration project without an Aircraft Spruce catalog and most people who own a certified aircraft find it invaluable for routine maintenance, upgrades, and pilot supplies.  There are hundreds of new products in the catalog as one might expect of a company that offers over 100,000 different items relating to aviation.