Inexplicable... EAA Kills Off 'Relationship' With 'AirVenture Cup' | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 12.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.17.14 **
** Airborne 12.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.15.14 **
** Airborne 12.12.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.12.14 **

Fri, May 11, 2012

Inexplicable... EAA Kills Off 'Relationship' With 'AirVenture Cup'

Popular Air Race 'Cancellation' Riles Experimental Community

ANN is still gathering the details...  but despite the lack of a formal note from EAA (at least to ANN), it appears that the EAA has killed off its support and long-standing relationship with a very popular cross country air race known as the AirVenture Cup.

Founded in 1997, the EAA AirVenture Cup was "dedicated to aviation advocacy and preserving the rich heritage of cross-country air racing in the United States. The race is held annually in advance of EAA Airventure, and provides pilots with a platform to safely compete against other aircraft builders and new technologies."

The race has 11 classes of aircraft, all homebuilt aircraft, some of which reach speeds as high as 400 mph. The competition is a timed race, meaning that each aircraft takes off individually and flies the course -- racing to achieve the best time. The times are then used to place winners according to class, which are then announced at the Awards Banquet that same evening in Oshkosh. This year’s race was to have commenced in Mitchell, SD (KMHE) and ended in West Bend, WI (KETB), with checkpoints in Sheldon, IA (KSHL) and Pocahontas, IA (KPOH), totaling 450 miles. 

According to sources quoted on a number of experimental message boards, Homebuilders Community Manager Chad Jensen has reported that, "We’ve had several conversations about the continuation of the use of EAA and AirVenture with the Cup race. With direction set from the top, and in light of the general public concern for anything related to air racing, EAA will no longer be associated with air racing in any form going forward. Thank you for your patience allowing us to work through this decision. We look forward to and thank you for your volunteer efforts."

While the reason for the decision appears to have its foundation in the tragic consequences of the 2011 Unlimited Air Race accident at Reno, the decision is apparently not sitting well with the experimental aircraft community. Comments on the VansAirForce.net message board were overtly negative, with a number of persons indicating the decision indicating an erosion of dedication to sport aviation by the EAA, such as the comment made by RV-8 Pilot Jon Ross, who noted that, "Frankly, I feel like I have been kicked in the teeth by this."

A number of other comments were even more critical as the matter was discussed on the VansAirForce and Canard Aviation message boards.

ANN has emails into EAA for more info and some explanation of the matter... we'll report back to you as soon as they respond.

FMI: www.airventurecuprace.com

Advertisement

More News

Dassault Aviation Reveals First Falcon 8X

Next Step: Maiden Flight In First Quarter 2015 Dassault Aviation on Wednesday rolled back the curtains on the ultra long range Falcon 8X, the company's new flagship and the latest >[...]

Evergreen Museum Says Its 'Business As Usual'

Some Of Its Aircraft Are On Loan From Company Reorganizing Under Bankruptcy Laws The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR says that it is doing just fine, thank y>[...]

Airborne 12.15.14: A380 Future, More USA Today Disappointments, Jetman FORMATION

Also: Comet Water Differences, Garmin Datalink, Bogert Battery Boxes, WSI/iOs, Mistletoe Copter Fail Airbus hasn't seen a single airline order for its double-decker A380 superjumbo>[...]

NTSB Prelim Released From Gaithersburg, MD Phenom Accident

Six Fatally Injured When Plane Impacted A Home The NTSB had released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred December 8, 2014 involving an Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100>[...]

Airborne 12.17.14: Evergreen Woes, Foolish Pilot Tricks, No 757 Replacement--Yet

Also: $1M Aero-Photo, Draken Gets A-4s, 'Super Dell' Acts Super Dumb, Legendary Bell 47, Osprey Hours Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, LLC, the company that owns many of the aircraft on>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC