EAA AirVenture 2014, Oshkosh, USA
“It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week. The cooperation and support of the airport’s east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds at Oshkosh, which brought many people to our event. Exhibitors reported thriving business throughout the week, with some selling out of their products. We also had a tremendous amount of aviation innovation brought to Oshkosh with new airplanes and aviation technology and our KidVenture youth area had a record attendance year. Certainly the Thunderbirds’ first performances at Oshkosh helped the attendance of more than 500 000 people as Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August saw a 20 percent attendance increase from similar days in 2013. There was another factor; a renewed sense of optimism that was reflected in people coming to Oshkosh to celebrate the world of flight. You could feel the optimism amongst the attendees, exhibitors and our 5,400 volunteers whose work made the event possible.”
- EAA Chairman Jack Pelton
Farnborough International Airshow 2014
Farnborough International Airshow in England took place in idyllic weather in July and was a resounding success for some aircraft manufacturers. On show were the world’s finest aircraft and defence equipment. The trade days were a hive of activity with four very large halls filled with everything related to aviation. Several manufacturers had their latest aircraft displayed and the competition to show products to the audience was at a high level.
Focus on Virginia Airport
This wonderful small general aviation aerodrome affectionately known as HMS Virginia is a buzz of activity from business trips, site seeing, training of the youth in flying and all types of private flying with exotic aircraft such as Yak 52s, a L29 jet trainer, gyrocopters and a host of other aircraft such as King Air 350s, Cessna Citation 560s and the Cessna 150/152s used primarily for training. Virginia Airport hosts a variety of different services to the community and avid aviation enthusiasts.