Dave Hirschman

Let the Games Begin . . .

July 25, 2010 by Dave Hirschman, Senior Editor

Preparations for tomorrow’s EAA AirVenture 2010 opening are in full swing with an unimaginable assortment of aviation hardware arriving at KOSH and being made ready for display.
Everything from new concept aircraft such as the pre-prototype Cobalt are here along with a U.S. Air Force Global Hawk UAV and vintage airplanes dating back to the first decade of the 20th Century. Several Kestrel turboprops are here following the news that Cirrus founder Alan Klapmeier will be leading the now-Experimental composite aircraft through FAA certification and production.
So far, the news about the big show has been heavy rain in the weeks leading up to AirVenture that have saturated the ground. But crews have been working overtime to pump the water away, the sun has been shining for 36 hours, and the campgrounds are expected to be ready on opening day.
Vendors are here in force ready to show off a dizzying variety of new products. AOPA’s Big Yellow Tent is up, and the AOPA Live TV studio is ready to record interviews with some of the biggest names and most interesting personalities in aviation. The AOPA’s 2010 Fun to Fly Remos GX is on display, and there’s still time to get in on the drawing before the highly capable LSA is awarded to its new owner in November.

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