Countdown to Oshkosh

By Debbie Hersman

It’s only 47 more days until AirVenture Oshkosh. I had a great time last year at my visit to what the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) calls the world’s greatest aviation celebration. It really is a great celebration and it’s a great opportunity to learn from the wide range of safety seminars that EAA schedules each year.

I enjoy the opportunity to meet so many passionate aviators at Oshkosh, yet, I only need to travel a few feet from my office to talk with people who love everything about flying. planes on lawnA number of NTSB employees are pilots and many are also homebuilders. Take a look at the June edition of Sport Aviation (see page 46) that highlights many NTSB employees who spend their free time building planes from kits, restoring vintage aircraft, and, most of all, flying.

You’ll get to meet some of the NTSB Board Members and staff, who will be working our booth at the Federal Pavilion as well as making presentations about lessons learned from our investigations. EAA President Rod Hightower and the EAA team have organized two question & answer sessions for me while I’m in Oshkosh. The first is a “Meet the NTSB Chairman” event, and the second is a presentation on the findings and recommendations from the NTSB’s recent Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft Study. I look forward to meeting with many more of you at this year’s AirVenture Oshkosh.

Enjoy the summer flying season.

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