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AirVenture 2010 a Big Success for IAC

By Reggie Paulk

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh finished up a short while ago, and this year was different from most. It was only my third trip to Oshkosh, but according to what I was hearing from old-timers, this was a very unusual year.

From the first day to the last, AirVenture’s theme was water-based. The North Forty aircraft camping area was waterlogged, preventing organizers from parking airplanes along the east-west runway until well after the show began. After driving by an area that is usually packed to the gills with hundreds of airplanes over the last two years, it was quite a shock to see an expansive swath of green grass in their place.

Water or not, this year was good for the International Aerobatic Club. With the dedication of the Vicki Cruse Educational Pavilion, we now have a permanent structure to house our forums and other events. A permanently installed projector, excellent sound system, concrete floor, and plenty of tables and chairs helped make the pavilion a popular location all week.

Even though rain and weather continued to hamper our efforts, I was successful in gathering stories and photos that will appear in upcoming issues of Sport Aerobatics magazine and In the Loop.

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