My First Time at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tradeshow

September 19, 2016 | Author: Jeremy Dingman

For the first time in my aerospace career, I had the privilege of attending the world-renowned and always highly-anticipated EAA AirVenture Oshkosh tradeshow in July.

If you’ve been in this industry for a few years and have had the chance to attend this show as an exhibitor or a spectator, you’ve probably experienced what I am feeling at the moment by trying to explain what I saw, heard and even felt during this week-long journey; it’s truly a workout of all your senses. Here are just a few of the highlights from my experience at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh tradeshow.

The Sheer Volume of Airplanes

It was like seeing the ocean for the first time.

When I drove passed the sea of airplanes parked outside the show, I couldn’t believe my eyes. This year, more than 10,000 planes ranging from small, experimental aircraft to large and historic military aircraft made the trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. And, if you were lucky enough to watch them all land one right after another; it was truly a sight of beauty and precision.

The Airshows

No matter who you are – aerospace novice or trained pilot with years of experience, seeing the night airshows for the first time is nothing short of incredible. I tried to explain the tricks and dips – turns and spins to my wife when I got back to the hotel every night, and had no luck conveying what I saw. This show brings some of the most competitive and talented acrobatic pilots, and these performers put on a show that everyone can appreciate.

The Exhibits

This year, there were over 890 exhibitors displaying some of the latest technology in general aviation. As part of the team to support Honeywell’s TPE331 with Texas Turbine Conversions, I had the chance to walk around and see many of the booths, dedicated to supporting new technology in avionics, propulsion and cabin upgrades. It was extremely informative and nice to see who is doing what for this ever-growing segment in aviation.

The People

From the day we started setting up, to the last day of the show, there were yellow shirts everywhere. These shirts were worn by the overwhelming amount of volunteers who make this show possible every year. To see the abundance of workers who spend the entire week ensuring people are safe; facilities are clean, and people know where they’re going is impressive and extremely touching. This show clearly means a lot to people in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and they’re very supportive.

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh tradeshow is one-of-a-kind and I’m glad I had the chance to attend. No matter who you are, and what your level of knowledge is when it comes to aviation, this show has something for everyone. I guess that’s why they call it the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration®.”

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy Dingman is the Senior Manager of Marketing for Honeywell’s HGuide Inertial Sensor and Navigation business and UAV Inspection Services business. Jeremy joined Honeywell in 2015 and has worked in e-commerce, channel marketing, digital marketing, copy-writing and web development.

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