Daily Archives: Aug. 6, 2013

EAA’s 2013 AirVenture by the numbers

Last week’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc., drew roughly 500,000 visitors, about the same as last year’s show, according to the association.

“First, it was a safe AirVenture, which is always our top priority, plus we were blessed with a week of nearly perfect weather,” EAA chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement. “We also met a number of other objectives this year, including reconnecting with our volunteers and members on the grounds, upgrading the food concessions and options, and providing more value and activities throughout the day for attendees. We also had a tremendous amount of aviation innovation brought to Oshkosh.”

Aircraft: More than 10,000 arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.

Showplanes: 2,341, including 867 homebuilt aircraft, 858 vintage airplanes, 343 warbirds, 130 ultralights, 92 seaplanes, 27 aerobatic aircraft and 24 miscellaneous showplanes.

Commercial exhibitors: 821, a record.

International visitors registered: 2,115 visitors from 64 nations.

Media: 914 media representatives on-site, from five continents.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt keynote speaker at Wichita Aero Club

Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will be the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Wichita Aero Club at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Wichita Airport.

Sumwalt was sworn in as the 37th member of the NTSB in 2006 and served a two-year term as vice chairman of the board.

In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed him to another five-year term.

Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was manager of aviation for the SCANA Corp., a Fortune 500 energy company.

Sumwalt has been a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years as an airline pilot with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways and has logged more than 14,000 flight hours.

He was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association’s Accident Investigation Board and chaired its Human Factors and Training Group. He co-founded the organization’s Critical Incident Response program, which helps airline personnel involved in traumatic events, such as an accident.

Sumwalt also was a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, studying issues such as flight crew performance, improving flight crew monitoring skills and air carrier de-icing and anti-icing problems.

The luncheon will be held from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

For reservations, call (316) 641-5962.