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Celebrate Women of Aviation with Free “First” Flights for Females March 2 – 8, 2015 at Albuquerque International Sunport

Celebrate Women of Aviation with Free “First” Flights for Females March 2 – 8, 2015 at Albuquerque International Sunport

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) As part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week 2015, Del Sol Aviation, Cutter Aviation, and pilot Dianna Stanger are hosting an opportunity for girls and women of all ages to take a free ride in a private aircraft March 2-8 during the Fly It Forward Challenge at Albuquerque International Sunport.

In addition to the thrill of soaring over Albuquerque with private pilots in four and six seat airplanes or a helicopter, individuals and groups will learn about the history of women in aviation, discover what training is needed to fly an aircraft, and explore the many great career paths in aviation available for females. This is a rare opportunity for passengers to listen to the instructions given to pilots by the control tower, observe how a pilot uses the instruments in the plane and to see the beauty of Albuquerque from an altitude of under 2,000 feet.

"Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW) is truly an international event that creates an opportunity to impact females on a very large scale," said Stanger, who won the title of "Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide" from WOAW in 2014. "Last year, there were 96 similar Fly It Forward events in 36 countries around the world, with volunteer pilots introducing 5,703 girls and women to flight in a small aircraft. Our team has been able to influence girls and women and encourage them to learn more about the joys of flying, and it makes me very proud as an aviator to be associated with the volunteers who have helped to build the future of aviation around the world."

The Fly it Forward Challenge event will take place on the general aviation side of Albuquerque's main international airport, KABQ. In conjunction with Del Sol Aviation, a local flight school, and Cutter Aviation, the sponsoring "fixed-base operator" (FBO) at the airport, free flights will depart throughout the week and take girls and women on an informative flight over the scenic area. To qualify for free "first" flights, individual and groups are strongly encouraged to read the registration information on the event's website,

Along with the daily free "first" flights will be a full week of aviation-related activities and displays for the public to enjoy. The U.S. Air Force's 58th Special Operations Wing based at Kirtland Air Force Base will potentially participate with static displays of various airplanes and helicopters, and Eclipse Aerospace with have one of their Eclipse 500 business jets on display. Other booths will introduce attendees to various aspects of flight training, aerospace education and aviation services.

Various aviation topics by pilots will be presented, including Eric Auxier, a Captain for a major U.S. airline, who will speak about the training required to become a professional pilot, and Ramona Cox, a "backcountry flying" expert who will explain how she flies her turbocharged Cessna 206 into tiny airstrips in the wilderness. Lieutenant Colonel Michele Boyko of the USAF will also be present on Saturday and Sunday to discuss flight safety.

In 2013, data from the FAA showed that just 6.6% of the 599,086 active licensed pilots in the United States were women. To increase that number, Women of Aviation Worldwide Week was created to raise awareness about the issue by celebrating the history of female civil and military aviators while promoting diversity in the skies. The WOAW community welcomes any man or woman, boy or girl, association, school or corporation who believes that the aviation industry would be improved with more women involved.

To learn more about this public event and find out how to register for free "first" flights, visit You may also follow the event on Twitter as @woawABQ.

Mayor Garcetti, Councilwoman Martinez and Student Mechanics Celebrate Groundbreaking of $10 Million, 6-acre Development at Van Nuys Airport

Investment by Clay Lacy Aviation, the airport's longest-term tenant, will create middle class jobs, boost the economy and generate millions of dollars in revenue to Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, Calif. – Feb. 12, 2015) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD-6) today joined San Fernando Valley leaders in business, community and education to break ground on Clay Lacy Aviation's new South Campus, a $10 million, 6-acre expansion of its current headquarters facility at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).

Attended by more than 100 students from NVOC-Aviation, a VNY-based aircraft mechanics school, the event celebrated local job creation and economic growth. Both Mayor Garcetti and Councilwoman Martinez are strong champions of the school and helped save it from closure during threatened budget cuts in 2013. "This major financial investment in our city will boost our local economy and create good, middle class jobs for Angelenos, including those young Angelenos who train at the LAUSD Van Nuys aviation mechanic school right next door," said Mayor Garcetti. "Clay Lacy Aviation is a homegrown, family-owned company that has been headquartered at Van Nuys Airport for nearly half a century, generating revenue to sustain Los Angeles. Clay Lacy's growing operations demonstrate that our city is the place for businesses to start, grow and launch new ideas."

Once the South Campus is completed in 2016, Clay Lacy Aviation's new and existing facilities will generate over $31 million in lease and $2.5 million in property tax revenues over a 30-year term. The development will also create approximately 25 new maintenance, line service and ground support jobs with an annual payroll of over $2 million including employee benefits. "Our community succeeds when local government and business collaborate to support programs that improve our economy," said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. "Because of Clay Lacy's dedication to the future of this airport, local students have new opportunities to land great, well-paying jobs working on private jets. From developing a solution to keep this school open to today's generous donation, Clay Lacy Aviation has been a wonderful partner that I'm proud to work alongside."

During the ceremony, legendary aviator and company founder Clay Lacy announced a new scholarship program that will cover the entire costs of tuition, tools, materials and required Federal Aviation Administration exams for two NVOC-Aviation students in financial need each year. He also recognized two graduates of the program who work as airframe and power plant mechanics for Clay Lacy Aviation. "When I started Clay Lacy Aviation in 1968 with a single Learjet, I could never have imagined operating a fleet of 75 business jets or having more than 300 employees as we do today," Lacy said. "I'm proud to say that we employ more people at higher wage jobs and generate the highest tax revenue per acre than anyone on the airfield. Most importantly, the economic benefits and jobs we generate stay in the City of Los Angeles."

Designed to be Los Angeles' most secure and private corporate aviation complex, Clay Lacy Aviation's South Campus will include:

• 62,900 square feet of hangar space to house long-range aircraft up to the size of the Global 7000 and 8000, Gulfstream G650 and Falcon 8X

• 20,526 square feet of new office, training and meeting space with state-of-the-art conference rooms and an adjoining kitchen to accommodate corporate flight departments and private events

• An indoor event space featuring the display of Clay Lacy's iconic Lear 24, the first business jet to land at Van Nuys Airport in 1964

• 137,900 square feet of aircraft ramp space

Scheduled for completion by year-end 2015, the new development combined with Clay Lacy Aviation's current leasehold will encompass 14 total acres, 149,000 square feet of hangar space and 34,667 square feet of office, training and meeting space. The physical orientation of the South Campus is designed to keep private jet travelers completely out of view from the surrounding street and aircraft ramp areas.

About Clay Lacy Aviation

In 1964, legendary aviator Clay Lacy landed the first Learjet at Van Nuys Airport, introducing Los Angeles to business aviation. Four years later, he founded Clay Lacy Aviation near Hollywood's burgeoning entertainment industry, pioneering a new private jet era. Today, Clay Lacy Aviation is distinguished as the most experienced operator of private jets in the world, with one of the most diverse fleets of charter and managed aircraft available. Headquartered in Los Angeles with full-service private jet facilities in Van Nuys, Calif. and Seattle, Wash., it offers complete aircraft management, charter, sales, FBO, maintenance, avionics and interior services. Its experienced team is globally recognized for providing aircraft owners and jet travelers unequaled safety, service and value.

FAA Rule Correction Opens Door For Lower Cost ADS-B

EAA maintains cost is key to meeting 2020 mandate

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (February 9, 2015) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published a technical correction in the Federal Register that allows future installations of ADS-B "out" equipment to meet performance standards of the appropriate Technical Standard Order (TSO) specifications without meeting the complete TSO requirements.

EAA supports this technical amendment as a first step to exploring solutions for amateur-built aircraft to meet FAA's year 2020 mandate for installation of ADS-B "out" equipment in aircraft flown in controlled airspace. Currently, the lowest-cost purchase and installation for such equipment is an estimated $5,000 – equal to 15 to 20 percent of the value of a significant number of GA aircraft that would need to meet the requirement. At the end of 2019, aircraft will be required to have approved ADS-B out capability to fly in airspace that now requires a Mode C transponder.

"This technical correction is a good first step, but there is much more work to do," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "EAA supports the FAA's desire to have full compliance with the 2020 mandate provided cost-effective options are available. This amendment allows the culture of innovation that has been part of the homebuilt community to move forward toward those cost-effective possibilities."

Historically, builders and owners of experimental aircraft have been able to install avionics that meet the performance standards of certified equipment but are not specifically approved by the FAA. EAA seeks to preserve that historical precedent for ADS-B equipment installation as well.

In its Federal Register publication, the FAA noted that "it was not the FAA's intent to arguably limit operators to only install equipment marked with a TSO...The FAA's intent was to permit equipment that meets the performance requirements set forth in the referenced TSOs." The FAA further stated that the inadvertent removal of the word "performance" in the 2010 final rule was in error and resulted in confusion.

EAA is committed to preserving the rights and opportunities allowed within amateur-built regulations in all areas, including ADS-B "out" installation, and will continue this important work with FAA officials on behalf of EAA members and amateur aircraft builders throughout the country. As with many other past innovations, solutions developed by EAA and homebuilders may lead the way to eventual solutions for owners of all GA aircraft.

About EAA

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 185,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to For continual news updates, connect with

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

February 4th, 2015-

Honoring our Nation's Greatest Generation: Arsenal of Democracy Aircraft to Take Flight over DC on the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.

Seventy years ago today, Allied leaders met at the Yalta Conference in Crimea to begin their discussions of the structure of post-World War II Europe. To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World WarII aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, as part of the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

As part of a thrilling three-day celebration in the nation's capital, the May 8 event will coincide with a ceremony for veterans at the World War II National Memorial, followed by a vast assortment of World War II aircraft flying overhead in historically sequenced warbird formations. The formations will represent the War's major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and conclude with a missing man formation to "Taps."

The event will also be commemorated in a special May issue of Air & Space magazine dedicated to the airplanes and airmen who fought in World War II that will feature historic "spotter cards" of the aircraft. These cards will be used by students and others to identify the aircraft in the flyover and to learn more about the history of World War II.

Approximately two dozen different types of vintage military aircraft are expected to participate in the flyover. Aircraft are being provided by multiple organizations and individuals whose mission is to preserve these historic artifacts in flying condition. These organizations include the largest vintage military aircraft organization, the Commemorative Air Force—providing fighter and bomber aircraft, to include the only flying B-29 Superfortress FIFI. Additionally, organizations such as Texas Flying Legends, Fighter Factory, and Fagen Fighters have thus far committed multiple aircraft, along with a number of individual owners. The historical aircraft expected to participate include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Aerocobra, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, FG-1D Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, and many others.

The United States manufactured about 300,000 aircraft, 2.4 million military vehicles, and 124,000 military ships to support the War efforts. The ramp-up in manufacturing was extraordinary. Before entering the War, for example, annual production of military aircraft was less than 6,000 aircraft in 1939, but after President Franklin D. Roosevelt called in a May 1940 speech for 50,000 aircraft to be made each year, production rose dramatically—reaching its peak in March 1944, when 9,000 planes were produced that month. Millions of American men andwomen worked on the home front to manufacture the aircraft, ground vehicles, and ships that significantly propelled U.S. and allied forces to victory.

In addition to the actual flyover, the Arsenal of Democracy events will include a gala dinner on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The dinner, which will pay tribute to World War II veterans, will feature combat heroes sharing theirpersonal stories of experiences in the European and Pacific theaters.

The Arsenal of Democracy Executive Committee includes Stephan C. Brown, President and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF); Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA); John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS); Paul Rinaldi, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA); and Doug Rozendaal of the Texas Flying Legends Museum.
Former President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), and former Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives John Dingell (D-MI), all World War II veterans, are the Honorary Co-Chairs of the Arsenal of Democracy. U.S. House General Aviation Caucus Co-Chair, Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), andlong-time aviator U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK) serve as co-chairs of the Honorary Congressional Committee.
Other members of the Honorary Congressional Committee include Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH), U.S. Representatives Corrine Brown (D-FL), Chris Collins (R-NY), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), John Mica (R-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Mike Pompeo (R- KS), Harold Rogers (R-KY), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chris Stewart (R-UT), and Marc Veasey (D-TX), and U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R- MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ron Johnson (R-WI).

More information about the Arsenal of Democracy flyover and sponsorship opportunities are available on the website at Members of the media shouldcontact Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz of General Aviation Manufacturers Association at (202) 637-1375 or or Stephan C. Brown of the Commemorative Air Force at (850) 978-2736 or for additional information.
The Arsenal of Democracy flyover is a 501(c)3 entity.

Comments from leading organizers and supporters of the Arsenal of Democracy: WorldWar II Victory Capitol Flyover:

"The warbirds played a tremendous part in our success in the war, and will forever be a symbol of our country's patriotism and tenacity when fighting for freedom. As a former Avenger pilot, I am pleased to be part of this tribute alongside my fellow veterans."— President George H.W. Bush

"Our WWII veterans are living testaments to the valiant sacrifices during uncertain tyrannical times. They protected our nation and secured freedom for future generations. Now, 70 years later, it is important to continue to recognize their valiant sacrifices notonly through public service events, but always. It is an honor to participate in such events as a veteran and a pilot, and it is an honor to preserve the memory of WWII veterans' heroism."— U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) "With this year's 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, we once again have the opportunity to celebrate and honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by our World War II veterans. These brave men not only defended our freedoms here at home, but protected the world from the clutches of tyranny and genocide. As a pilot, a public servant, andmost importantly, as an American, I am extremely proud to be a part of this momentous event."—U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO).

"In 1957, the Commemorative Air Force began an effort to preserve and honor our nation's proud military aviation tradition by maintaining and flying World War II aircraft. Our fleet, the largest flying collection of military aircraft, now stands at 162 airplanes, which are preserved and flown across America by our membership of over 12,000 individuals. We are thrilled to be participating in the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover with 29 of our aircraft. This is an incredible opportunity to see U.S. military aviation history come to life by watching these aircraft fly and accomplishes our educational goals as an organization."—Stephan C. Brown, President andCEO, Commemorative Air Force.

"It is a huge task to coordinate a flyover of this magnitude in the Washington, D.C. airspace. We are very appreciative of the close coordination and support we have received to date from federal entities such as the FAA, TSA, Secret Service, U.S. National Park Service, and Capitol Police, just to name a few. In World War II, our nation came together to manufacture the machines that our military took to battle, and our hope is that this 70th anniversary tribute will do the same—bring our nation together to honor all our World War II veterans who served and sacrificed to defeat tyranny, both in uniform and on the home front."—Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

"From time to time, we need to remind ourselves just how much we have accomplished as a nation. May's Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C. will provide us with exactly that kind of opportunity—a chance to recognize those men and women who made the sacrifices necessary to preserve freedom here at home and around the world, a moment in time to reflect on the awesome power of this country and its people when we focus on a common goal."—John Cudahy, President, International Council of Air Shows.

"As a part of our ongoing mission, it is an honor for the Texas Flying Legends Museum to be involved in a cooperative effort to honor the men and women who have defended and continue to defend our way of life. The aircraft being supplied by the Texas Flying Legends Museum represent aircraft from practically all facets of the air war in WWII. We are extremely proud to be able to provide the missing man formation that will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our country."—Texas Flying Legends Museum Director of Operations Warren Pietsch.

"NATCA and the 20,000 aviation safety professionals we represent are very proud and honored to be part of this year's Arsenal of Democracy Flyover event. Our members are proud public servants who have a deep passion for aviation and a rich appreciation for history. We also represent many members who are military veterans. This event gives us an opportunity to show our respect for a key anniversary in our nation's history by commemorating it with honor."—Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air TrafficControllers Association.

** The aircraft listed have agreed to participate in the flyover, but due to factors such as weather or mechanical issues, participating aircraft are subject to change without notice. The most accurate information can be located on the website at

AD 2015-02-01

We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2011-23-01 for all Technify Motors GmbH (TMG) models TAE 125-01 and TAE 125-02-99 reciprocating engines with certain part number (P/N) and serial number (S/N) clutch assemblies installed. AD 2011-23-01 required replacement of certain P/N and S/N clutch assemblies. This AD requires the same actions but expands the population of affected P/N and S/N clutch assemblies. This AD was prompted by an additional report of a clutch assembly that malfunctioned due to disk springs that received a nonconforming heat treatment process. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the clutch assembly, which could lead to failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of the airplane.

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AD 2015-02-07

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain serial number (S/N) Lycoming Engines reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by propeller governor shaft set screws coming loose due to improper installation. We are issuing this AD to prevent the propeller governor shaft set screw from coming loose, causing damage to the engine and damage to the airplane.

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Cessna Celebrates Roll Out of First Production Citation Latitude

Cessna Celebrates Roll Out of First Production Citation Latitude

WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 29, 2015 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today celebrated the roll out of the first production Citation Latitude at the company's Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility, just three years since being announced to the market. The assembly of the Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations. Today's event is the latest in the aircraft's progression toward type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in the second quarter of this year.

"Our product investments extend beyond the design and performance features of the aircraft with innovations in our manufacturing processes," said Scott Ernest, president and CEO. "The Citation Latitude team has redefined what customers should expect from a business aircraft in this segment, while also redefining the aircraft build process."

The Citation Latitude certification program, which includes four flying aircraft, has accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours to date. The first fully-configured aircraft made its public debut at last fall's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida and has since been touring the country for customer demonstration flights.

About the Citation Latitude
The Citation Latitude features an all-new fuselage, creating the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. With a flat cabin floor and six feet (1.83 meters) of cabin height, the Latitude has the widest fuselage of any Citation jet. Cessna's Clairity™ cabin-technology system ties into the Latitude's advanced avionics center to provide connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices.

The Citation Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet (13,106 meters) in just 24 minutes and has a range of up to 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometers). It is designed with a powerful new environmental system, a pressurization system providing a 6,000-foot (1,829-meter) cabin altitude at the aircraft's maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), an electrically-operated cabin door, Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines, and standard auto-throttles.

More than 6,750 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 31 million flight hours

For more information on the Citation Latitude, visit

'Women Soar You Soar' Helps High School-Age Girls Discover Aviation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

'Women Soar You Soar' Helps High School-Age Girls Discover Aviation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Registration for attendees, mentors now open for July 19-22 program

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 29, 2015) — EAA's Women Soar You Soar day camp program, which allows 100 high school-age girls discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is scheduled for July 19-22 and now open for registration.

The Women Soar You Soar program is welcoming both enrollees as well as female mentors from the aviation and aerospace fields. The program's unique 100-to-25 attendees-to-mentor ratio provides a tremendous opportunity for young women to discover all the possibilities within the world of flight, with the possibility to ask questions of women who are already noteworthy and established in the field.

"The close-knit community between girls and the mentors creates a bond during Women Soar You Soar that is unlike any similar program within aviation or technology," said Janine Diana, EAA's vice president of people and culture. "Add to that the excitement and fun at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration – and it creates an unforgettable adventure for young women who are just discovering where they want to go in life."

Activities over the four-day session for girls entering grades nine through 12 in fall 2015 include flight simulators, workshops, sessions with aviation personalities, and insider access during the AirVenture air shows.

Cost is $75 per participant and is in a day-camp format, with accommodations not included. More information and registration materials are now available at The program also welcomes additional mentors who are women from all walks of the aviation and aerospace community, and want to give back to the next generation.

Women Soar You Soar is supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Women in Aviation International, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, and Jerry and Lori Fussell.

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 EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host World-Record Skydiving Attempts During Afternoon Air Shows

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host World-Record Skydiving Attempts During Afternoon Air Shows

Skydiving Hall of Fame to organize international teams of expert jumpers

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 22, 2015) — A world-record skydive attempt will be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, with an international team of top skydivers aiming to make history at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Skydiving Hall of Fame based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, will organize the 108-person jump team for the record attempts sanctioned by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), which is the official organization that maintains the world's aviation-related records. The teams will practice and prepare with record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, before the scheduled record attempts on July 22 and 24 at Oshkosh (weather and conditions permitting).

"Skydivers have been part of the EAA AirVenture air show for decades, but the opportunity to have a world-record attempt at Oshkosh is something unprecedented here, and very exciting," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, who leads the AirVenture event organizing team. "The Skydiving Hall of Fame is bringing the best of the best in their community to Oshkosh, matching the standard of performers that have made the AirVenture air show a true all-star event."

The Skydiving Hall of Fame team, known as the Eagles, will jump from as high as 20,000 feet from its Short SC.7 Skyvan and deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otters to begin their record attempts. Any record would then be confirmed by FAI and its U.S. representative, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

"These seasoned skydivers, who are among the best in the world, face enormous challenges," said James F. (Curt) Curtis, president and CEO of the Skydiving Museum & Skydiving Hall of Fame. "To achieve an FAI world record while performing a high-profile professional exhibition requires extraordinary skill, talent and focus. But the opportunity to attempt this at Oshkosh during AirVenture week is a unique moment for our community."

About the Skydiving Museum & Skydiving Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Skydiving Museum is to recognize and promote the sport of skydiving through public education and awareness; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture forever the history of the sport via its events, equipment and personalities; and enhance aviation safety. Established by the Museum in 2010, the Skydiving Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who, through leadership, innovations and/or outstanding achievements have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels in the past present, and for future generations of skydivers. More information on the museum and its programs is available at

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 EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

EAA AirVenture 2015 Selects Clarity Care of Oshkosh to Benefit From Annual Runway 5k Run/Walk

Local services agency has helped thousands over 40 years

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 21, 2015) — Oshkosh-based Clarity Care, Inc., will benefit from EAA's Runway 5K Run/Walk that will be held on Saturday, July 25, during the final weekend of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 fly-in.

For the past 11 years, EAA has partnered with local agencies for the Runway 5K, an event that not only brings together local fitness enthusiasts with those who attend AirVenture, but also directly benefits local charities. Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people have participated in the Runway 5K.

"The Runway 5K is not only a lot of fun during AirVenture, it shows our visitors how EAA is part of the Oshkosh community throughout the year," said Kelly Zanders, EAA event coordinator for the race. "AirVenture has long been known as an event where Oshkosh-area residents are introduced to people from around the world, and those people get to know Oshkosh a little better. The Runway 5K does exactly that while also helping the community we call home."

A team of Clarity Care staff and volunteers will join EAA in planning and coordinating the 5K race. The organizations share the responsibilities of hosting and managing the race. Participants receive daily admission to EAA AirVenture for Saturday, July 25, including the night air show, as well as post-race food and a custom Runway 5K T-shirt. Parking for 5K participants on the AirVenture grounds is free for the day. Participants will have transportation available on EAA AirVenture grounds to and from the race. Registration for the race will open on or about March 1, 2015 at

"The work we do at Clarity Care is well known in the Oshkosh area and throughout eastern and central Wisconsin, but the ability to tell our story to EAA visitors from around the world is a wonderful opportunity," said Mary Kummerow Johnson, Director of Marketing and Fund Development at Clarity Care. "We thank EAA for its support and encourage local residents to join us for this unique event on July 25."

Launched in 1972, Clarity Care Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency dedicated to providing care and services to individuals with acute, chronic or long-term conditions, including those with disabilities and special needs. From in-home care, senior living options, and employment services, Clarity Care provides the services that enable clients to live independent and safe lives in the community.

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 EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at