Aviation Gateway Park Activities Expand with Innovation and Drones at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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The popular destination at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh combines technology, innovation, education, and drones and will expand both its facilities and programming this year. The 2016 schedule at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration will offer more ways to engage with aviation ranging from hands-on experiences to career exploration.

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Aviation Gateway Park offers areas featuring innovation, education, drone technology, and forums presentations

You can see the newest technology and find out about aviation education and careers. It’s also a great location to have fun with drone technology demonstrations.

Aviation Gateway Park, a popular destination at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 with its combined technology, innovation, education, and drones, will be bigger and better than ever this year with expanded programs and activities. The 2016 version will offer more ways to engage with aviation ranging from hands-on experiences to career exploration.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, the 64th annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Sponsored by Piper Aircraft, Aviation Gateway Park for 2016 will once again feature the Drone Center/Drone Cage, Innovation Center, Education/Career Center, and a full roster of educational forums. Because of the expansion in all the air-conditioned venues, Aviation Gateway Park will move northwest across James Ray Boulevard from its 2015 location to create more room. Improvements on the site include permanent floors under each tent as well as asphalt walkways between all the facilities.

“Aviation Gateway Park’s inaugural year at AirVenture 2015 was a tremendous hit and gave us plenty to build upon this year,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “It’s a real draw at Oshkosh because you can see the newest technology and find out about aviation education and careers. It’s also a great location to have fun with drone technology demonstrations. We have several big announcements coming very soon about some of those participants.”

The area will again host an aviation job fair, expanded to a weeklong event in 2016. The College Social and Collegiate Tailgate Party will also be part of the schedule with more than a dozen university aviation programs participating. This year’s forums are focused on a wide array of aviation careers and education opportunities, as well as drones and aviation innovation. Complete details will be announced as they are finalized.

Returning exhibitors and new commitments are already filling Aviation Gateway Park’s existing exhibit spaces, but there are some still available. Some sponsorship opportunities also remain, joining Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Drone Cage), the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (Innovation Center and Forums Area), and Multicopter Warehouse (live drone feed/Drone Center supporting sponsor) as a key partner in this important AirVenture neighborhood. The Aviation Gateway Park facilities also have availability for evening event rentals for group functions during EAA AirVenture. More information on those opportunities are available through EAA’s business development office.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at http://www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. Immediate news is available at http://www.twitter.com/EAA.

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