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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2014 FACTS AND FIGURES

August 2014-

Comment from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton:

"It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week. The cooperation and support of the airport's east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Oshkosh, which brought in many people to our event. Exhibitors reported outstanding business throughout the week, with some selling out of product. We also had a tremendous amount of aviation innovation brought to Oshkosh with new airplanes and aviation technology, and our KidVenture youth area had a record attendance year."

Attendance: More than 500,000, with a total attendance increase of five to six percent.

Comment from Pelton: "Certainly the Thunderbirds' first performances at Oshkosh helped the attendance, as Saturday and Sunday (August 2-3) saw 20 percent attendance increases from similar days in 2013. There was another factor, too – a renewed sense of optimism that was reflected in people coming to Oshkosh to celebrate the world of flight. You could feel it among the attendees, exhibitors and our 5,400 volunteers whose work made the event possible."

Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.

Total showplanes: 2,649 (308 more than in 2013) – including 997 homebuilt aircraft, 1,050 vintage airplanes, 303 warbirds, 122 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 91 seaplanes, 40 rotorcraft, 38 aerobatic aircraft and 8 hot-air balloons.

Commercial exhibitors: More than 790

International visitors registered: 2,081 visitors registered from 69 nations, with Canada (505 visitors), Australia (416), and Brazil (194) the top three nations. (NOTE: This total includes only non-U.S. visitors registered at the International Visitors Tent, so the actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.)

Media: 917 media representatives on-site, from five continents.

What's ahead for 2015 (July 20-26)? Comment from Pelton:

"We're already planning for 2015, with more details coming as soon as we finalize them. Legendary aircraft innovator Burt Rutan indicated he would like to return to Oshkosh in 2015 to share some innovations with the aviation community. We're eager to bring the soon-to-be-restored B-29 "Doc" here for a public showing as part of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. And, of course, there will be plenty of other highlights that you can only see at Oshkosh."

Information updates posted at www.airventure.org

Lockheed Martin Flight Services Approves inReach Satellite Communicator for Aircraft Alerting and Surveillance Services

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YARMOUTH, Maine – July 28, 2014 – General aviation pilots can now fly safer and get help faster with their inReach satellite communicators linked to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS).

DeLorme today announced that its inReach satellite communicator is now a supported device for the LMFS Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Once an inReach device is enrolled in the free program, pilots filing flight plans with LMFS can receive ACAS alerts of any new or modified adverse conditions, such as severe weather or airport closures, which may arise after the pilot has received an initial briefing and filed the flight plan.

In addition, the inReach automatically transmits its GPS coordinates at regular intervals to LMFS during the flight. If the aircraft stops moving or reporting its position, an alarm is triggered immediately at LMFS, rather than the traditional method of waiting until a plane is 30 minutes overdue. The aircraft's most recent position coordinates are relayed to search-and-rescue (SAR) authorities, narrowing the search radius. LMFS personnel and SAR responders can exchange text messages with the inReach to ascertain the nature of the emergency, ask clarifying questions and reassure the pilot that help is on the way.

The inReach also has a dedicated SOS button that, when pressed, immediately sends a distress message with GPS position to a SAR coordination center. If the pilot is unable to press the distress button, LMFS will still automatically initiate a SAR response.

"We are pleased to offer pilots an additional benefit by integrating DeLorme's inReach devices into our Adverse Condition Alerting and Surveillance-Enhanced Search-and-Rescue services," said Jim Derr, director, Lockheed Martin Flight Services. "Inflight alerts for hazardous weather and TFRs, as well as the faster initiation of search-and-rescue procedures with a greatly reduced search area are big wins for pilots."

With its built-in GPS, location-tracking, SOS and two-way messaging features, inReach is a valuable tool for pilots, enabling them to communicate via satellite from the air with virtually anyone, anywhere in the world. When paired with a smartphone or tablet, pilots can easily view ACAS alerts and other messages and use DeLorme's free Earthmate app for easier and more convenient texting, as well as access to unlimited topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts.

inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite connections, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60-second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas.

"When connected to Flight Services, inReach becomes an even more powerful two-way communication and tracking device, because there is nothing more critical for a pilot than getting adverse condition information in a timely manner and being able to get help in the event of an emergency," said Jim Skillings, vice president of commercial products for DeLorme. "General aviation pilots flying all over the world depend on inReach to send and receive both routine and urgent text messages, allow others to follow their flight online and ultimately provide peace of mind to their friends and family back home."

Pilots can sign up to receive ACAS services from LMFS by visiting www.1800wxbrief.com and clicking on the tab labeled "Alerts & Position Reporting Devices" to begin the enrollment process.

Suggested retail price for inReach SE is $299 and inReach Explorer is $379, with a choice of annual satellite subscriptions or no-contract Freedom Plans with only a minimum 30-day commitment. Freedom Plans start at $14.95 per month for the safety service and go up to $99.95 per month for the highest service level. Perfectly suited for the year-round user or for consistent peace of mind, the company's standard annual contract plans offer a lower monthly cost ranging from $11.95 to $79.95 per month.

inReach is designed and manufactured in the U.S. and is available at most aviation retail and online outlets. A list of retailers is available at www.inreachdelorme.com.

DeLorme is exhibiting at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh at booth 4064 in Exhibit Hangar D.

Sennheiser Premier Sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights Program

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Oshkosh, WI, July 28, 2014 — Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser announced that it will continue its support of the general aviation community as the premier sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights program. Sennheiser is supporting EAA with products and financial resources, including two $1,500 scholarships that will be awarded to a pair of deserving pilots in training. As the premier sponsor of Eagle Flights, Sennheiser continues to build and extend its Live Your Dream initiative.

EAA's Eagle Flights program was launched two years ago to help adults overcome the common obstacles pilots face associated with flight training. With numerous EAA chapters across the U.S., Eagle Flights offers an experienced network of skilled pilots as well as an extensive set of tools and resources to help aspiring pilots to take the next step in their flight training.

"EAA and Sennheiser both recognize the need to inspire and cultivate the next generation of general aviation pilots," commented Dave Dunlap of Sennheiser Aviation. "EAA and its Eagle Flights program provide an unmatched pool of resources to help aspiring pilots realize their goals, while embracing all the values of Sennheiser's Live Your Dream initiative. Sennheiser is honored to be a sponsor of such an important and promising new program."

"Sennheiser has been longstanding partner of EAA for many years and we are proud to have them named as the premier sponsor of Eagle Flights," commented Bret Steffan, Director of Education at EAA. "With Sennheiser, we are planting the seeds for the future of aviation and making pilot training more accessible to adults all over the country. We encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in aviation to take a discovery flight with us to learn more about the joys of aviation and becoming a pilot."

To learn more about EAA's Eagle Flights program, visit their website. For more information on Sennheiser Aviation, please visit sennheiser-aviation.com.

Cessna Stationair to sport new interior seating option

Cessna Stationair to sport new interior seating option

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 28, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh it will offer a new seating option for the Cessna 206 Stationair that provides the versatility for up to five different cabin seating configurations.

The cabin seating option, available on Stationair aircraft beginning in 2015, can be arranged quickly for two, three or four passengers. Configurations include a two-passenger "limo" arrangement and a four-seat club configuration. The standard configuration in the passenger cabin is two rows of forward-facing seats, two in each row.

"The Cessna Stationair has proven to be popular with customers because of its versatility," said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft. "This new seating option adds another level of utility and makes excellent use of the cabin space for any number of missions. Enhanced flexibility is due to the seat belts being attached to the seats instead of fixed to specific positions in the cabin, along with the new rear seat rails that allow the seats to be easily removed or reconfigured."

The optional seating package consists of new leather covers for the pilot and co-pilot seats, four new middle and aft row seats similar to luxury car seats, new aft-cabin seat rails used for the five approved seating configurations, new interior panels, new LED lighting, overhead ducting, new vents, new carpet, USB ports to power cell phones and personal electronic devices, blackout window reveals for all windows aft of front windshield, and new Luxor II leather appointments with monogrammed headrests.

The single-engine Cessna 206 Turbo Stationair features the advanced Garmin 1000 avionics suite and GFC 700 autopilot, a turbocharged Textron Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A engine producing 350 horsepower for a maximum cruise speed of 164 kats.

Hartzell Engine Technologies Announces The Purchase Of The Plane-Power Line Of Aircraft Alternators

Oshkosh, WI, July 29, 2014 — Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced today that the company has finalized an agreement to purchase the assets of Plane-Power, LTD.

"When the opportunity came to acquire the Plane-Power line we saw it as having tremendous potential, not only to complement Hartzell's family of alternators, but to gain immediate access into new markets," Mike Disbrow, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) said. "In particular, Plane-Power is strong in the kit-built/experimental market. They also have several STC'd (Supplemental Type Certificated) generator-to-alternator conversion kits that will open new opportunities to us."

Disbrow stressed that the purchase of Plane-Power in no way includes any Sky-Tec starter products. While Sky-Tec and Plane-Power were closely associated, they were separate companies and this transaction does not include the Sky-Tec business.

"The creation, growth and success of Plane-Power's broad line of alternators typifies the atmosphere of consumer-driven innovation that permeates this segment of the general aviation market. Customers demand better performance and value in aircraft alternators and Plane-Power successfully delivers on that need," stated Rich Chiappe, partner of Plane-Power Partners, Ltd. "Hartzell's leadership recognizes and shares a commitment to quality and performance that will successfully carry the Plane-Power brand forward."

"This agreement will enable my partners and I to continue to, not only focus on Sky-Tec's continuing success, but to pursue new innovations for our customers and additional growth opportunities in general aviation," he said.

Disbrow stated that HET will continue to produce all of the Plane-Power products under its current brand and that the parts will be produced at the current factory in Granbury, Texas until all of the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) documentation can be put in place to transfer production to its Hartzell's facility in Montgomery, AL.

"The Hartzell brand is strong in the alternator market and it will continue to be the product of choice for the custom OEM and direct-fit replacement markets that we have traditionally led," Disbrow said. "The Plane-Power brand will represent the certified replacement and experimental markets at a lower price-point than the Hartzell Engine Technologies parts."

"The purchase of Plane-Power is consistent with our strategy of growing our core product lines organically and through acquisition," he stated. "Our goal is to strategically and systematically continue to elevate Hartzell Engine Technologies to the leadership role in all of our product categories."

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About Plane-Power
Plane-Power offers an array of products for general aviation and experimental aircraft including PMA alternator replacements, generator-to-alternator conversion kits for both belt- and gear-driven installations, alternators for experimental aircraft and voltage regulators. For more information, visit: www.plane-power.com

About Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC.
Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, along with its sister company, Hartzell Propeller Inc., form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc., a growing aerospace technology company. Hartzell Engine Technologies is the leading OEM supplier of aircraft cabin heating solutions and engine accessories, including turbocharging systems, aircraft alternators, starters and fuel pumps. For further information about Hartzell Engine Technologies and its products please visit: www.HartzellEngineTech.com

If you fly into MYR (Myrtle Beach International Airport) you need to read this:

On August 4, 2014, Horry County Department of Airport (HCDA) will commence its $18.0 M runway 18/36 rehabilitation project at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). HCDA kindly asks for your assistance in helping us spread the word to your members and audience.

Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), serving Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular stopping point for private aircraft owners traveling up and down the coast and accessing the Grand Strand. It is our goal to have as little impact on operations (and vacation plans) as possible, but as MYR is a single runway airport and closures are required (see the below schedule). The MYR team will issue NOTAMS, etc. but we are attempting to communicate closures with as large of an audiences as possible. The objective is to get the word out!

In order to complete this work, yet keep the runway open during peak operating hours Horry County Department of Airports in conjunction with its airline partners has developed a Runway Closure Schedule.

Runway Closure Schedule & Timeline

Phase 1 - Notice to Proceed – August 4, 2014 (11:45 PM on August 3, 2014)
Phase 2 - Runway soft closures (11:45 PM August 3, 2014 through October 4, 2014)
Phase 2B – Runway hard closures (October 5, 2014 through November 23, 2014)
Phase 2C – Runway soft closures (November 24, 2014 through March 29, 2015)
Substantial completion – March 29, 2015 (5:30 AM)
Phase 3 – Demobilization – April 26, 2015 (11:59 PM)

 

MYR RUNWAY 18-36 REHABILITATION

RUNWAY CLOSURE SCHEDULE - MONDAY AUGUST 4, 2014 THROUGH SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015

CONTRACT WORK DAY

RUNWAY CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

RUNWAY OPEN TO AIR TRAFFIC

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END

TOTAL HOURS

BEGIN

END

TOTAL HOURS

DAY OF THE WEEK

TIME

DAY OF THE WEEK

TIME

DAY OF THE WEEK

TIME

DAY OF THE WEEK

TIME

MONDAY

SUNDAY

11:45 PM

MONDAY

5:30 AM

5.75

MONDAY

5:30 AM

MONDAY

10:45 PM

18.25

TUESDAY

MONDAY

10:45 PM

TUESDAY

6:45 AM

8.00

TUESDAY

6:45 AM

TUESDAY

10:45 PM

16.00

WEDNESDAY

TUESDAY

10:45 PM

WEDNESDAY

6:45 AM

8.00

WEDNESDAY

6:45 AM

WEDNESDAY

10:45 PM

16.00

THURSDAY

WEDNESDAY

10:45 PM

THURSDAY

6:45 AM

8.00

THURSDAY

6:45 AM

THURSDAY

10:45 PM

16.00

FRIDAY

THURSDAY

10:45 PM

FRIDAY

6:45 AM

8.00

FRIDAY

6:45 AM

FRIDAY

11:45 PM

16.00

SATURDAY

FRIDAY

11:45 PM

SATURDAY

5:30 AM

5.75

SATURDAY

5:30 AM

SATURDAY

11:45 PM

18.25

SUNDAY

SATURDAY

11:45 PM

SUNDAY

5:30 AM

5.75

SUNDAY

5:30 AM

SUNDAY

11:45 PM

18.25

 

The runway project is an important project, which will extend the life of the runway for another 20-years.

 

Scope of Work/Highlights

  • Variable depth performance planning
  • Crack and PCC joint cleaning and sealing
  • Pavement reinforcement layer (GlasGrid or approved equal)
  • On-site bituminous mixing plant
  • Bituminous concrete paving (leveling and surface courses)
  • Blast pad construction
  • Runway grooving
  • Temporary (half rate) and permanent (full rate ) pavement markings
  • Should and RSA dressing
  • Seeding and sodding
  • Wind come relocations
  • Runway edge lighting replacement
  • Runway edge and taxiway centerline lighting replacement (in-pavement lighting)

 

If visiting the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, and arriving during scheduled closures, alternative airports in the Horry County Airport System include Grand Strand Airport (CRE), Conway Horry County Airport (HYW) and Loris-Twin Cities (5J9).  Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word! 

 

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Shell Aviation Activities Take Flight at Oshkosh

Houston, 24 July 2014: Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of exciting activities offered by the Shell Aviation team for this year's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. Branding news, AeroShell booth, technical forums and a 30 year anniversary celebration for a team of talented and skilled aviators is among what is in store by Shell Aviation to make this year's event a memorable one. See below:

Hear our news...

Shell Aviation is launching the global packaging refresh of its Piston Engine Oil portfolio to the industry, including new, easily recognizable labels and bottles. They will be the same products with no changes in the formulations. More details about the packaging refresh initiative are also available on our AeroShell website.

Stop by...

Shell Aviation is also hosting the AeroShell booth, Hangar C Booth #3072, where everyone is welcome to stop by to find out more about AeroShell and show activities. Booth staff will be available to talk with visitors about the technical benefits of Shell Aviation products. There is also the opportunity every day, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., to meet the AeroShell Aerobatic Team for an autograph session. All booth visitors can collect the free annual AeroShell Oshkosh poster and purchase AeroShell oil from our official distributor.

Take part...

Have you ever had an interest in flying with the Shell-sponsored AeroShell Aerobatic Team? If so, visit the AeroShell booth from July 28 to 31, to enter a sweepstakes offering the lucky winner a chance to fly with them! The winner will be announced at the start of the Thursday evening concert on Boeing Plaza.

Celebrate with us...

The Shell Aviation team is excited to host the Thursday evening concert, featuring the popular band Boogie and the Yo-Yoz. If that's not enough, a pre-concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the globally renowned AeroShell Aerobatic Team is on the schedule as well. Just join Shell Aviation leadership at the Main Stage on Boeing Plaza at 5:40 p.m. to join the festivities. As noted previously, this is when the winner of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team sweepstakes will be announced.

Relax and recharge...

We are setting up AeroShell Park, a spacious outdoor area where you can relax and meet new and old friends, all in the comfort of a shaded area.

Learn about Shell unleaded Avgas...

On Tuesday and Thursday, July 29 and 31, 10 a.m. at Forum 8, Robert Midgley, Global Technical and Quality Manager, Shell Aviation Fuels, will give a technical presentation. His focus will be Shell unleaded Avgas, which was announced in December 2013 after 10 years of research.

Join our scholarship presentation...

On Tuesday 29 July, at 9 a.m. at Boeing Plaza, the Shell Aviation/Able Flight Scholarship in honor of Alan Henley—a founding member of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team—will be awarded during the Able Flight Wings Pinning Ceremony. The is the first Able Flight Scholarship to be awarded since Shell Aviation announced in April its commitment to Able Flight, an organization providing aviation career training scholarships to people with physical disabilities. The graduates learned to fly at the Able Flights annual joint flight training program with Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology.

NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28 – August 3.

General aviation accidents account for the majority of aviation-related deaths in the United States and continue to be a safety priority for the NTSB. General aviation safety has been an issue area on the NTSB's Most Wanted List since 2011, and numerous safety recommendations have been issued to address our safety concerns.

During the week-long event, Member Weener and NTSB staff will conduct presentations on accident case studies and lessons learned and various safety issues, including aeronautical decision-making and weather hazards for GA pilots, which is currently on the Most Wanted List. They will also meet with members of the public who visit the NTSB exhibit in the Federal Pavilion and will be featured on EAA Radio daily.

"Participation at the Oshkosh airshow has become a staple for NTSB investigators and staff," said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. "This annual event provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to meet face-to-face with a large number of general aviation pilots and share lessons learned from our investigations with the aviation community."

In an effort to raise additional awareness, the NTSB has issued numerous safety alerts aimed at reducing accidents. Theses safety alerts include:

• Thunderstorm Encounters;
• In-Cockpit Next Generation Radar Mosaic Imagery;
• Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude ;
• Reduce Visual References Require Vigilance; and
• Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!

Media requests for interviews with Member Weener or any of the NTSB staff should be emailed to Keith Holloway, NTSB Public Affairs Officer.

For additional information, including a schedule of NTSB presentations at AirVenture 2014 and links to safety studies and additional safety alerts, go to http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2014/oshkosh/index.html.

Follow us on Twitter @NTSB and throughout AirVenture 2014 with #OSH14.

ASA 2015 Catalogs Available Now!

Newcastle, WA-- ASA's new full-color, 48-page catalog showcasing the product line for 2015 is now available and ready for shipping. The 2015 Product Showcase includes product descriptions and pictures as well as order and pricing information for more than 600 educational training products and supplies for all types of aviators.

 

ASA's expanded line of training products provides students with what they need, in the format that suits them best, to accomplish the training goals that lie ahead. From print books and pilot supplies to eBooks and eBundles, ASA uses the highest quality materials and employs the latest in technological expertise to deliver accurate, reliable, and trusted content.

 

The 2015 Product Showcase contains an abundance of quality books, software and digital training tools, as well as reliable and dependable supplies for pilots, maintenance technicians, and operators. Explore the collection of flight computers, plotters, kneeboards, chart organizers, logbooks, headsets, and flight bags to find quality items for use in daily operations whether they are in the classroom, in the hangar, on the flightline, or in the air.

 

Contact ASA to have a catalog mailed to you, or download the digital version of the 2015 Product Showcase to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

Sennheiser Brings Passion of Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with One Week Wonder, Able Flight and Fifth Annual 'Podapalozza'

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Oshkosh, WI – July 22, 2014: Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser [Tent 288, Wittman Regional Field] announced a packed agenda at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with sponsorships, a flight pinning ceremony and the fifth annual 'Podapalooza' social media gathering. For the duration of AirVenture, Sennheiser will be showcasing its best in class aviation headsets — the S1 family, including the S1 Digital, the S1 NoiseGard, and S1 Passive — at its tent, located just outside Hangar B.

Sennheiser Sponsorship of EAA's One Week Wonder
Sennheiser is pleased to be a sponsor of EAA's One Week Wonder this year, a weeklong exhibition that will feature a home build of a Zenith CH 750 kit. One of AirVenture's most interesting attractions, One Week Wonder will construct a kit plane from scratch, with the goal of having it completed within a week.

Once the plane is completed on August 3rd, it will be outfitted with Sennheiser S1 NoiseGard headsets prior to taking flight. Don't miss this educational and inspiring exhibition that demonstrates how home builds are within just about anyone's reach. For more information, visit the EAA site or the One Week Wonder display area, located near the EAA Welcome Center of the AirVenture grounds.

Able Flight Pinning Ceremony
Once again, Sennheiser will be on hand as Able Flight recognizes its most recent graduating class of new pilots. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 29th at 9:00 a.m. at the main concert stage, Phillips Plaza. This year, six students have received their sport pilot certification through a joint training program run by Able Flight and Purdue University.

At the ceremony, each student will be formally recognized by Able Flight and presented with a new Sennheiser S1 Passive headset. Each year, Sennheiser participates in this special ceremony to recognize the efforts and commitment of physically challenged students as they choose to pursue — and finally realize — their goal of flight.

Sennheiser to Host Podapolooza for Fifth Year Running
Five years ago, Podapalooza began as an informal way for aviation fans to connect with audiences who were otherwise not able to attend using a variety of social media channels, including Twitter feeds and live podcast interviews. On August 1st between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sennheiser will host the fifth annual Podapalooza, which will be bigger and better than ever.

Highlights of this year's event will include the premier of The Aviators Season 5 as well as several noteworthy guests including Robert Meder, Chairman of the National Association of Flight Instructors; Jennifer Jensen, Co-Executive Producer of The Aviators, Rod Rakic, Co-Founder and President of OpenAirplane; Joe Ellis, professional pilot and musician and many others. In addition, Sennheiser will raffle off prizes for those in attendance including an S1 Digital headset, two iFlight Planner premier memberships and a $100 gift certificate to Sporty's Pilot shop.

For more information on Sennheiser's aviation headsets or to stay informed on news and aviation-related product announcements, please visit http://www.sennheiser-aviation.com.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of aviation headsets, microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. With their top-quality acoustics, high wearing comfort and rugged designs, Sennheiser aviation headsets are suited to the needs of professional and private pilots and air-traffic controllers. Innovations such as the NoiseGard™ active noise compensation system and ActiveGard™ protect against potentially harmful volume surges.

Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiser-aviation.com, or by contacting:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913