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Volume 9, Number 5 July 31, 2008     

AirVenture site renovation: A vision for the future

In order to provide the space, amenities and resources needed to advance the future of aviation, EAA will begin implementing site enhancements and grounds expansion before AirVenture 2009. Planned updates will create an even better AirVenture experience for both first timers and decades-loyal attendees.

The comprehensive plan is the result of a process that began in the fall of 2005 with the formation of a special task force. To build on the commitment of EAA members and their passion for AirVenture, the task force reached out for ideas and feedback. Through surveys and focus groups, EAA members weighed in on what is most important for the future of aviation’s annual family reunion.

"EAA members’ comments and ideas about the grounds have been a major part of this process, said Tom Poberezny, president of EAA. "These contributions from EAA members helped shape the vision of the future, while preserving the culture we hold so dear."

EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts come to AirVenture expecting nothing less than a world-class experience, and the first round of site updates are designed to provide just that. Initial upgrades will focus on improving safety, quality and convenience through new and improved amenities, while expanding the appeal for exhibitors and infrastructure to support education and hands-on experience for all.

While some elements of the site layout will continue to evolve, the "big X" will be the design element that provides the foundation for the expanded and improved grounds. This design will connect the campground, the museum, parking and exhibits, and it will be the core of the first round of site renovation.

Early upgrades, some slated for completion before AirVenture 2009 and others within the next few years, include:

  • New and renovated showers and restrooms

  • Upgraded transportation equipment and facilities

  • New pathways and roadways to better separate pedestrians and vehicles

  • Expanded wireless Internet access

  • An exhibition facility linking the existing north exhibit hangars (A and C)

The overall expansion plan will require approximately 10 years to complete. Updates to exhibitor facilities, meeting room space, transportation and infrastructure are all part of the big picture for AirVenture in the years to come.

To make sure that the cutting edge of aviation technology is on display for many years to come, updates will also improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and expand them to accommodate new and larger displays and seminar areas. The improvements in these spaces will enhance the opportunities to learn about aviation that guests currently enjoy.

The total cost of the long-term project will be approximately $17 million, and will be raised from a variety of sources. EAA membership dues will not be used to fund the project.

Look for more information about the program in AirVenture Today throughout this week. For more specific information about the AirVenture site-improvement plan, visit the display in the EAA Welcome Center this week, which includes a site map as well as artists’ concept drawings of site renovations. For information about the project throughout the year, visit www.airventure.org/siteplan.


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