July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
As EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 reaches its
midpoint, the event's international scope is clearly evident: the origins
of features, attractions, exhibits, attendees, and even regulatory
discussions span the globe. Suitably, EAA and AERO Friedrichshafen, the
organizers of Europe's major annual general-aviation exhibition and trade
show, today announced at AirVenture an agreement for richer collaboration
in the years ahead.
The agreement gives each organization
greater visibility and participation in the other's annual event,
including a heightened profile in the event's presentations, gatherings,
exhibit areas, signage, collateral, publications, and online
communications through the year 2012.
"Both organizations understand the
global significance of our respective events, and the need to promote
general aviation in our local communities, across our nations, and
throughout the world," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
"The future holds the promise of both
difficulties and breakthroughs for general aviation. Working together and
uniting with general aviation advocates across the globe, we will be
better positioned to overcome challenges and seize opportunities," he
"With this agreement we'll be able to
improve benefits to EAA members attending AERO and recruit new aviation
enthusiasts to join EAA. We'll also strengthen relationships with general
aviation manufacturers, vendors, service providers, and customers abroad.
Perhaps most importantly, we'll be able to compare notes, relate
experiences, exchange ideas, and join forces among the broad community of
aviation enthusiasts worldwide," Poberezny added.
Thomas Grunewald, AERO project director,
also focused on strength through collaboration. "We want to keep
working together as partners to meet the challenges that lie ahead for
general aviation. It's particularly important during economically
difficult times to build alliances, to stay focused, and to battle for a
return to normal market conditions," he said.