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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Final Air Show Lineup Announced
Largest lineup in Oshkosh history reflects new philosophy for 2013
Jet Sailplane
Bob Carlton and the Super Salto jet sailplane.
Julie Clark and the T-34.

June 20, 2013 - This week EAA finalized the AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 daily and night air show performers rosters, signifying the largest number of individual and team performers in the convention's 61-year history.

And that's not by accident, according to EAA's Jim "Guido" DiMatteo, vice president of AirVenture features and attractions.

"We made a conscious decision this year to expand the opportunity to fly at Oshkosh to more performers than ever before," he said. "We feel strongly that as the world's biggest and best GA air show, we need to consider all performers who possess the skill, professionalism, and respect for aviation safety required to fly at Oshkosh."

Performers added to the list this week include Julie Clark, T-34; Nicolas Ivanoff, Edge 540; Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, Showcat wing walking; Jerry Kerby, RV-8; Bob Carlton, Super Salto jet sailplane and the SubSonex; Terry Humphrey, Thrush 510G; and more.

Along with adding a second night air show - set for Wednesday night, July 31 - women pilots will dominate the flightline on Thursday, August 1's afternoon air show.

Describing this new direction as a sort of choreography, DiMatteo notes that the added performers provide more variety for attendees as well as more opportunities for up and coming performers.

"We're presenting the air shows in a different way to create a better flow, with crescendos and diversity," DiMatteo added. Combined with the AirVenture showcase flights, visitors will be able to see flying demonstrations and routines by homebuilts, warbirds, aerobatic performers, business planes, regular production aircraft, vintage aircraft, and most everything in between.

Yet safety remains paramount; it is at the forefront of every decision made with regard to flying demonstrations, which is why this year signals the first of a special safety advisory group composed of a dozen industry professionals including air boss, FAA reps, performers, ICAS reps, military aviators, EAA safety council members, and others.

"They are all proud EAA members that want to take AirVenture Oshkosh to the next level in addition to increasing national and international awareness of our event," DiMatteo added.

AirVenture air shows are presented by Rockwell Collins.


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