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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Sunday AirVenture Preview: An Evening With Champions
Tye Mortensen Betty Geiger-Darst
Tye Mortensen Betty Geiger-Darst
Gregory Feith Dr. Jay Apt
Gregory Feith. Dr. Jay Apt

For the 27th year, AviationSpeakers.com presents AirVenture's pre-convention warm-up at Theater in the Woods Sunday, July 22. Master of Ceremonies will be Tye Mortensen, who makes his second appearance after succeeding his father, Danny, in 2011. Tye, who said, "I cannot imagine a summer without a trip to Oshkosh," has been a regular here since the age of 4, is a private pilot, and lives in Kentucky.

Here is the rest of Sunday night's lineup.

7:30 p.m. - Betty Geiger-Darst portrays Katharine Wright and shares her insight into the world of the Wright brothers in an accurate, honorable portrayal. A gifted historian, Betty brings history to life through a multimedia presentation, showing seldom-seen photos, letters, and diaries. The presentation includes personal interviews with the family. After seeing Betty's gift for recreating history firsthand, Paul Poberezny said, "I gained a new appreciation for the Wrights." Betty is the navigator for her husband, who pilots their Piper Arrow.

8:15 p.m. - Gregory Feith worked at the NTSB for 22 years as a senior air safety investigator and was investigator-in-charge on many high-profile air disaster investigations including the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades, the 1997 CFIT accident in Guam involving a Korean Air Boeing 747-300, and the 1994 American Eagle ATR 72 crash in Roselawn. ATP-rated and trained on numerous air transport and GA aircraft, Greg flies his PA-260. As a self-proclaimed evangelist for aviation safety, he speaks about risks and hot issues that compromise flight safety in the GA and airline industry. Greg is seen regularly as a safety expert on NBC, MSNBC, The History Channel, PBS, and other networks. He works as an aviation safety and security consultant and expert witness.

9 p.m. - Dr. Jay Apt spent more than 35 days in space on four shuttle missions, including two space walks. He's been to the Russian space station Mir, and is a recipient of NASA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. Apt is now a tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon University. With 5,500 hours in 25 types of aircraft, he's flown personally to Greenland, Guatemala, England, and Alaska. His program, "Spacewalking and What's It Really Like Up There?" shares the human side of spaceflight, from how astronauts are chosen, to training, the night before a launch, leaving Earth, working and living in space, and returning to Earth. See breathtaking imagery of our planet like those found in his book Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth.


FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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