have made numerous accomplishments and contributed countless innovations
to aviation over the years. A significant milestone of the movement will
be celebrated at AirVenture this year, as EAA recognizes the 30,000th
homebuilt aircraft certificated in the United States. The symbolic
30,000th aircraft will be selected by a special drawing among eligible
homebuilts present at Oshkosh 2008. That aircraft will then be showcased
on AeroShell Square July 30-31, with a special presentation by FAA
Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell on Thursday, July 31.
"30,000 certificated airplanes is a
major milestone for the homebuilding movement," said Charlie
Becker, EAA director of member programs. "We're planning to give
this occasion its proper due at the home of the homebuilding movement,
Oshkosh, and we encourage builders to come and help us celebrate."
The honorary homebuilt will be selected
via random drawing from a list of eligible aircraft on the grounds. To
be eligible, an aircraft must have been certificated in the
amateur-built category in 2008; flown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2008; and
registered at Homebuilder's Headquarters no later than Tuesday, July 29.
The aircraft builder must be present at
AirVenture on Wednesday and Thursday (July 30-31) to participate in the
All pilots who fly their homebuilt to
AirVenture will also receive a special "I Flew My Homebuilt"
patch commemorating the 30,000 milestone.
Homebuilders will continue the
celebration at the Homebuilders' Dinner on July 31 at the Nature Center.
Earl Lawrence will be this year's speaker discussing EAA's protection of
the 51% Rule. Tickets for the dinner will be available at Homebuilder's