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EAA at Show Center for Business-Aviation’s Premier Gathering

Aviat Husky - EAA's 2010 sweepstakes aircraft on display at NBAA

By Dave Higdon, for EAA.org

Sweepstakes Plane.
EAA Sweepstakes program supporters stopped by to take a look at the grand prize with EAA president and chairman Tom Poberezny, including (l to r) Randy Juen, president of Wipaire, Inc; Doug Hinzie, president of Chevron Products Company; Stuart Horn, owner and president of Aviat Aircraft; Poberezny; Gary Kelley, vice president of marketing for Garmin International; and Cliff Pemble, Garmin's president and CEO.

Joining EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny at NBAA, supporters of EAA's Young Eagles program (l to r), Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop; Michael J. Wolf, Sporty's president and chief operating officer; Young Eagles Co-chairman and US Airways Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles; and Rod Palmer, Conoco Phillips' manager of general aviation.

October 20, 2009 — The leader in sport aviation is center stage at the world’s premier business aviation convention, and delegates are being drawn to the exhibit by the prospects of flying away in a prize like no other. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is exhibiting the new Aviat Husky at the 62nd National Business Aviation Association convention, where the EAA is also highlighting its support for creating future aviators through its Young Eagles program, with more than 1.5 million school-age children flown since the program’s founding.

Newly minted Young Eagles co-chairman Jeff Skiles visited the exhibit to admire the Husky, which is equipped with a Garmin avionics suite, a JPI engine monitoring system, and will be available with floats from Wipaire, Inc., plus a year’s worth of fuel from Conoco Phillips and 50,000 points in Chevron’s FlyBuys rewards program. Hal Shevers and Michael Wolf of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, which supplies the Sporty’s Private Pilot Ground School Program under the Young Eagle’s Next Step Program, were also visitors to the EAA exhibit.

“Somebody will fly away with an extraordinary prize next year,” EAA president/chairman Tom Poberezny told visitors. “And it won’t be too long into the future before business-aircraft cockpits are filled with pilots who got their first taste of aviation from a Young Eagles flight.”

The NBAA convention runs through Thursday in Orlando, Florida.

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