The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration may be canceled for 2020, but the annual AirVenture week will still be full of flying-related fun.
EAA recently announced “Spirit of Aviation Week,” a virtual celebration showcasing the entire spectrum of flight. The five-day online event will feature live-streamed and on-demand content focused on educational, informational, and entertaining content for aviators and aviation fans of all ages.
“Nothing can replace the Oshkosh experience in-person during AirVenture week, as that event personifies the common passion we have for flight, in all its wonderful ways,” said EAA CEO Jack J. Pelton. “As unfortunate as it was that the cancellation of AirVenture 2020 took away that personal experience, countless people and groups have stepped forward to ask what they could do to virtually create something from Oshkosh that brings us together as aviators and aviation enthusiasts. We’re going to incorporate as many of them as possible during a full five-day event.”
The new virtual event will be held July 21-25 at EAATogether.org. Up to 24 hours of streamed content will be available each day, as well as on-demand videos spotlighting special interests in homebuilts, warbirds, vintage, aerobatics, ultralights, and much more. Of course, AirVenture wouldn’t be the same without daily airshow performances. The virtual event will feature archival footage of the best moments from previous shows, behind-the-scenes content, and exclusive interviews with beloved airshow performers.
Highlights of the virtual event will include:
In the new virtual format, EAA has the opportunity to reach a wider audience, including aviation fans who have never been able to attend AirVenture in-person.
“The people of EAA make The Spirit of Aviation and that’s what we’re celebrating these five days,” Pelton said. “All we’re missing are tents and campfire aroma, but perhaps that’s something you and your EAA chapter can add wherever you are with your local aviation family.”
Check for updates at EAATogether.org and use the hashtag #EAATogether to follow along on social media and share your favorite AirVenture memories.