"This One Stands Out"
That was EAA President Tom Poberezny's initial reaction to the
2005 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention. "One of, if not the best
conventions we've ever had," he told reporters during his Sunday
afternoon media briefing.
"I've been to all but one (EAA convention) going back to 1953,
and people ask me which ones stand out in your mind and why,"
Poberezny said. "Next year, I can tell them that this one stands
Two others that had stood above the others for specific reasons
were 1985, the first year the Concorde came, and 1994 when EAA had
its Salute to Apollo program for which all the astronauts--the men
who made space history--came to Oshkosh.
"Those were singular events that took place at the convention
and both had an impact.," Poberezny continued. "This year we had
multiple events that truly related to the event itself, whether it
was White Knight/SpaceShipOne, Glacier Girl, GlobalFlyer, and the
list goes on and on. We never had the depth of programs that we had
Poberezny said a buzz was started well before the convention and
EAA was able to keep building on the momentum heading into the July
"It started before the convention with the inquiries, the
interest, the announcements that were made, but you could feel it
peak yesterday when White Knight/SpaceShipOne and GlobalFlyer both
flew on the same day. People who were here were a part of history;
they saw history."
Poberezny did not have attendance figures, but said, "There's no
question we were up in attendance." Poberezny attributed to three
factors: the switch to a Monday-Sunday format, which better suited
people's travel patterns; ideal weather; and the depth and the
variety of the programs.
"That's what ultimately brings the people here, and I've got to
tell you, there's something at Oshkosh for everyone in aviation.
Every day there was something new--a new announcement, an
unveiling-and it makes me proud to know that the industry looks
upon Oshkosh as the place to be to make their announcements, to
unveil their innovations. It's truly become aviation's premiere
Other highlights: 2,892 showplanes registered, about 300 more
than 2004. Of that total a record 1,267 homebuilts were on the
grounds. About 900 media representatives were on site, compared to
about 700 last year.