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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedNew Homebuilders Hangar Dedication on Opening Day Monday

Burt Rutan will talk about his Long EZ design on Friday, July 30, at the new Homebuilders Hangar.

The Homebuilders Hangar, a new multi-purpose hub for the homebuilt aircraft community at AirVenture, will be formally dedicated at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 26. It's located just north of Aces Cafe on the AirVenture grounds in the former NASA pavilion.

"Although there are numerous activities for homebuilders at Oshkosh, there had been a lack of a central 'home' that brought everything together in the way that exists at other areas on the grounds," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership. "Aircraft Spruce & Specialty saw the value of this area to aircraft builders and offered its generous support to this setting where knowledge and information will be shared."

Aviation legend Burt Rutan headlines the lineup of daily "Homebuilts In Review" sessions that feature aircraft homebuilders or designers presenting information next to their aircraft and answering questions from the audience. Rutan will speak about the design and development of the Long EZ at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30. Additional informational presentations also will take place throughout the week.

"The key to the growth of EAA is the excitement and enthusiasm, and innovative thinking in design and construction," said Jim Irwin, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. president. "We need to ensure that continues over the next 50 years as we have in the past 50."

A new display at Homebuilders Hangar will recognize and honor all past Homebuilt Grand Champions, 114 of whom represent the peak of homebuilt innovation and craftsmanship dating back to EAA's first convention in 1953. This year's Homebuilt Aircraft Awards Presentation will be held at Homebuilders Hangar at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

Homebuilders Hangar also will serve as a social gathering spot for homebuilders, where they can get information as well as meet EAA staff and EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council members. Homebuilders can showcase their aircraft projects on the "What We're Building" board, giving homebuilders a chance to connect with other builders and get questions answered, or post an advertisement and survey the "For Sale" board that will feature homebuilt projects, aircraft, parts, and components.

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