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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Michael Coates to Receive August Raspet Award
Michael Coats
Photo courtesy of Phil Weston.

Michael Coates, EAA 738376, will receive the 2012 recipient of EAA's August Raspet Memorial Award Friday during a special presentation at Theater in the Woods. Coates is the master distributor for Pipistrel USA and the president/CEO of XCOM Avionics.

The Raspet award is presented to an individual or small company that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of light aircraft design and innovation.

Originally based in Yugoslavia, LSA and ultralight aircraft producer Pipistrel has won numerous high-honor aircraft awards, including three NASA Green Flight Challenges, two won by the Virus, which were flown by Coates, and last year by the Taurus G4 - the first four-seat electric aircraft. See Pipistrel this week at Booth 292A.

Since its creation in the late 1990s, Australia-based XCOM Avionics has successfully distributed thousands of radios to LSA aviators and others all over the world. XCOM Avionics is here at AirVenture in Booth 2037 in Bendix/King Exhibit Hangar B.

The Raspet award is to be presented Friday at 6:45 p.m.

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