and other figures are coming in from the recently concluded EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, and they're reflecting what EAA President Tom
Poberezny said in preliminary reports on Sunday; this year's convention
was another Oshkosh success that solidified the importance of EAA
AirVenture to the aviation community.
"The concern was that 2008 would be
less than a banner year, because of questions and challenges in areas
such as fuel prices and the economy, but it turned out to be an
overwhelming week," Poberezny said. "Each day on the grounds
was filled with outstanding activities that made every day at AirVenture
a unique event in itself. This year's 'Oshkosh' was the shot of
enthusiasm, inspiration, and economic boost that aviation needed."
Overall attendance is estimated at
540,000, which is a slight drop from last year but on par with the 2006
event. Poberezny attributed the steady figures to outstanding programs,
numerous announcements for aviation innovations, and superb weather.
Exhibitors reported "good to record-setting sales."
Other figures reported Tuesday:
- More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at
Wittman Regional Airport and alternate landing facilities in the
- Total showplanes: 2,516, including 972
homebuilts, 822 vintage airplanes, 404 warbirds, 114 ultralights,
131 seaplanes, 40 aerobatic aircraft, and 33 rotorcraft.
- Commercial exhibitors: 797 (up
slightly over last year).
- Registered international visitors:
2,128 from 71 nations, an increase of 25 percent. Canada (492
visitors), Australia (299) and Brazil (186) were the top three
nations represented. (NOTE: This total includes only non-U.S.
visitors who register at the International Visitors Tent, so the
actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.)
- Total estimated campers (fly-in and
drive-in camping areas): More than 37,000.
- Media: 865 registered media
representatives on-site from five continents.
Looking ahead to 2009 (EAA AirVenture
2009: July 27-August 2): "We are already looking forward to 2009
with the expected attendance of Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two space
vehicle, a reunion of participants from Concorde's five visits to
Oshkosh over the past 25 years, and a salute to mission aviators who
perform humanitarian work around the globe," Poberezny said.
"Visitors in 2009 will also begin to see additional amenities and
site upgrades that will make EAA AirVenture 2009 an even better
experience and value as The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."