EAA AirVenture Today Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 www.EAA.org/airventureTHE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
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Lakeland Aeroclub helps teens flight dreams come trueTen young men under the age of 21, all pilots or soon-to-be pilots in the Lakeland Aeroclub of Flor-ida, made their way to EAA AirVen-ture Oshkosh 2015 on a journey that totaled 13 hours of flight time. The club, based at the Sun n Fun Fly-In grounds, is a high school group where young aviation enthusiasts can learn to fly and restore old aircraft. Sun n Funs scholarship opportunities also help fund flight students in acquiring their pilots certificates. For some, it is their first time attending the Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration while others are more seasoned visitors, in-cluding 20-year-old Phillip Herrington. Phillip, who is attending AirVenture for the fifth time, said the movie Top Gun inspired him to become a combat naval aviator, and that the Lakeland Aeroclub has helped him get on track.
I come from a family of 10, Phillip said. Dad has a blue collar job, mom has a blue collar job. With Sun n Funs scholar-ship opportunities it made my career and future a reality. Phillip is in his last year of college study-ing aerospace administration and working toward becoming a professional pilot. He said he came to AirVenture to spread the message that it is possible for young people to attain their private pilots certificate. Its possible, Phillip said. Even though were young and the majority of society of today says were too immature to fly air-planes and take on a responsibility like this. They did it in World War II and were doing it again now. Lakeland Aeroclubs youngest mem-ber and first-time attendee of AirVenture, 16-year-old Michael Jenkins, had a simi-lar message.
Its possible to fly at any age, you dont have to be old, he said. Follow your dreams and do what you want to do, dont let people try and knock you down. Michael is waiting to get his pilots certifi-cate on his 17th birthday and hopes to attend the Air Force Academy after high school. Ive been going to Sun n Fun, and watching the fighter jets really inspired me so now my dream is to go into the Air Force and fly fighter jets, Michael said. Mike Zidzunias, who flew in with the club and owns the 1956 Piper Pacer flown in by the group, said the club helps give young aviators an identity. We were producing pilots through our scholarship program and they really didnt fit into the groups with the older guys, Mike said. They just kind of needed their own club, and now some of these guys have flown Young Eaglestheyre doing all kinds of stuff.
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He said the most rewarding part of working with the group, all EAA and AOPA members, is watching them develop from kids into young adults filling roles that carry responsibility. It changes them, especially this trip, Mike said. They really grow up. They get responsibility, they get it. They become successful. Mike said getting these and other young adults hooked on aviation is vital to ensur-ing the future of recreational flight. They are the future volunteers for Air-Venture, for Sun n Fun, for all of these avia-tion events, he said. The reality is we need these young people to get involved and fall in love with EAA as I did and fall in love with these events. According to Mike, bringing the Lake-land Aeroclub to AirVenture is a big part of sparking the youths dedication. In a world where kids arent joiners, these guys come here and they see it, and they real-ize that the only way its going to continue is if they become a member, if they get involved, if they volunteer, if they learn about it. The teen pilots can be found Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Vintage Red Barn, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Brown Arch, and Thurs-day at 3 p.m. at the AOPA Exhibit Tent.
Pursuing their dreams of flight. Members of the Lakeland Aeroclub flew to EAA AirVenture 2015 in a collection of aircraft to spend their week immersed in aviation and to stoke their plans for an aviation career.
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The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Vol. 16, No. 3AIRVENTURE TODAY
PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the BoardDIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS: Jim BushaEDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Dave HigdonEDITORIAL STAFF: Randy Dufault, Megan Esau, Frederick A. Johnsen, Nicole Kiefert, Barbara Schmitz, James WynbrandtCOPY EDITORS: Katie Holliday, Colleen Walsh PHOTO EDITOR: Sadie Dempsey
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mariano Rosales, Phil WestonDESIGN: Jenny Hussin, Chris LivieriADVERTISING: Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, July 19-July 26, 2015. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are Copyrighted 2015 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.
ICON delivers the goods A5 styleYeah, baby! That was EAA Young Ea-gles Chairman Sean D. Tuck-ers initial reaction as he accepted the keys to a new ICON A5 amphibious LSA from ICON Aircraft Founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins Monday morning at EAA Air-Venture Oshkosh 2015. It was the first official customer deliv-ery of the newly certificated fun machine, and a standing room only crowd gathered to see it. It is so much fun, period! Tucker said. It wraps itself around you and teaches you how to fly. Tucker lauded ICON Aircraft for its generous donation and participation in creating the next generation of aviators. For Kirk and his company to take part in this aviation movement (Young Eagles), which is the largest in Americanext year were going to fly our 2 millionth kidI thank you, you guys rock, man! EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton called creating a new aircraft one of the hardest things to do.
What makes Oshkosh so special is its where innovators come to develop and showcase their dreams and ideas, he said. But what makes it really hard is for them to turn those dreams into something successful and actually de-liver on some of those promises. In 2008 this airplane was unveiled here and a lot of us in the industry looked at it and said great concept, great idea, but now the hard work starts. They have delivered. Tucker flew the airplane a few days ago with two Young Eagles, and for one of them it was his first flight in anything. It was very cool, and it was my first airplane flight in anything, said Taylor Griese, 15, of Oshkosh. Jenna Breeden, 13, whos from ICONs hometown of Vacaville, Cali-fornia, is in a flying family and has flown many times in her dads Super Decathlon. But it was her first time in a seaplane. It was really awesome, and landing on the water was incredible, she said.
Jenna plans to solo when shes 16 and take her checkride at 17. Why the generous gift to EAA Young Eagles? GAs future is in the hands of our youth to engage in aviation, Hawkins ex-
plained. Thats what we need, its part of our mission, and were completely aligned with that. Learn more about the ICON A5 at the Celebration Way exhibit, or visit www.iconaircraft.com.
AirVenture opening day: Attendance, camping, aircraft movements up significantly
I cant do this in only 30 minutes! Theres too much fun going on! That was how EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton began his annual EAA Air-
Venture opening day media conference Monday after learning his allotted time was a half-hour. Certainly been a great start to the week, he said, announcing a record num-ber of airplanes already on Wittman Re-gional Airport. Right now were experienc-ing a record number of airplanes flying in, about a thousand airplane movements for arrivals over what weve seen the last two years. Weve seen camping thats been up about 13 percent over the last few years, and gate attendance also up about 7 percent. So were off to a roaring start. Pelton credits in part increased opti-mism in the aviation industry. I think were see