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W

hat if we had a year with none of aviation's
landmark events? What about shows going
on but few attending?
The difference matters little, because that's how year
2020 could play out thanks to the coronavirus. In five
short months, it managed to spread globally and has been
equally effective infecting humans as it has impacting
our beloved aviaiton industry.
If you're like tens of thousands of
other aviation addicts, chances are your
July calendar was marked to attend
the 2020 edition of EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh. Alas, on May 1 - May Day
around the world - the Experimental
Aircraft Association announced its
cancelation of AirVenture Oshkosh
2020, arguably one of the largest
victims of the same global infectious
pandemic we call coronavirus and the
disease it spawns - COVID-19.
EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton
released this statement early on Friday,
May 1:
"It is May here in Wisconsin,
and unfortunately like many of
you across the country, we are
still under a stay-at-home order
through May 26. Normally, this
is the month (May) when we start
our preflight planning for EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh. By this time, we should have
begun ramping up our entire site in preparation
for our July convention. Volunteers from across
the country and world would have descended on
Oshkosh. Together, they would have formed work
parties, and our suppliers would begin to start
setting up tents and infrastructure. Our EAA staff
would be printing wristbands, campers guides,
programs and an assortment of EAA collateral as
full-on AirVenture execution begins.
"But because of circumstances beyond our control,
none of this can happen now. We cannot even get to
the hangar so our preflight is left to watching the

prog charts. While this certainly makes the ability
to prepare for the event a scheduling problem, it
does not preclude the bigger issue of predicting
what will be the health guidelines in July. Right
now, there are three phases that have been defined
in Wisconsin as the recommended procedures.
As I write this, we are not in Phase 1 yet. Phase
2 restricts gatherings to 50
people. Phase 3 allows for mass
gathering with restrictions.
"Our convention attracts EAA
members not only from the U.S.
but around the world. Today,
we cannot predict when we will
be at a point that our event
meets the all-clear Phase 3
milestone for mass gathering
with restrictions. As your
leader, I see no clear path to
meet our own requirements to
ensure the health and safety
expectations our organization
demands for our employees,
members, volunteers, exhibitors
and attendees. That includes
sanitization, separation
and personal protection
requirements.
"My conclusion is, like in any
good flight planning, don't take
the risk. Therefore, I have no choice but to cancel
AirVenture 2020. Together, we can come back
stronger, safer and ready for AirVenture 2021 and
create a memorable world-class aviation event.
Because of our dedicated and enthusiastic EAA
members, our association is strong. We know that
at some point this storm will pass. And over the
next 12 months, we will continue to support all of
you as we again, together, grow EAA in the Spirit of
Aviation."

DESPITE
THE ROUGH
START TO THE
CURRENT YEAR,

2021
SHOULD BE
A BOOMER
OF A SHOW
YEAR.
STAY TUNED.

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