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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 Highlights 'Hallmarks of Homebuilding' for Amateur-Built Aircraft


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (February 1, 2006) — More than a half-century of the innovation that has emerged from private aircraft hangars, garages and basements will be highlighted during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," when the world of flight gathers at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 24-30.

"Hallmarks of Homebuilding" will celebrate the revolutionary moments in aircraft design and construction from those whose enthusiasm for flight extends to building their own airplanes, rotorcraft, amphibians and other designs. The activities will include the significant dates, designs and people who developed the homebuilt aircraft community. Homebuilt (or amateur-built) aircraft now account for nearly 20 percent of all single-engine, piston-powered airplanes in the United States.

"More than a half-century ago, EAA began as a local group for those who built and restored their own aircraft," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "EAA has grown to welcome all those with a passion for flight, but those craftsmen and innovators remain the heart and soul of the organization.

"Nearly all homebuilt aircraft can be traced to specific moments or breakthrough designs that changed that community. We'll share those hallmarks in an even more special way at EAA AirVenture 2006."

Along with the usual variety of forums, workshops, events and activities at EAA AirVenture specifically devoted to aircraft design and construction, several special programs will be scheduled.

Those include:

  • A display on AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square, highlighting the homebuilt aircraft that began or defined a particular revolution in homebuilding;
  • An evening program at Theater in the Woods that looks at how the homebuilt aircraft movement has evolved, with some of the personalities who made a difference;
  • Programs that showcase how homebuilt aircraft have grown in depth and vitality, and how homebuilding has contributed greatly to today's production aircraft as well as other important general aviation design and material innovations;
  • Plus more homebuilt-specific activities to be confirmed in future weeks.
  • "Over 50-plus years, the designs and innovations in the homebuilt aircraft community has been nothing short of astounding, and they share a common bond - all of them have been part of EAA's annual celebration of flight," Poberezny said. "Some have evolved further to become some of today's most popular airplanes of any type, but each of them has provided a way for aviation enthusiasts to participate in flight."

Updated schedules and events will be available at the EAA AirVenture website.

(www.airventure.org) as they are finalized.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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