Updated: Aug 21
✦ Aviation enthusiasts swear by the magic of EAA's AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It's an AirVenture unlike any other.
EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), founded in 1953 is an international organisation with more than 240,000 members who nurture their passion for aviation through a worldwide network of chapters, outreach programs and events. It is best known for its largest aviation show held annually in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where it attracts more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes.
Each summer for one week, the EAA organises the largest aviation show in the world with more than 500,000 people from 80 countries attending EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For those who are passionate about aviation, this is like their annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are daily air shows, aerobatics and pyrotechnics. Watch feature films at the Fly-In Theatre, attend forums, workshops and demonstrations. And not forgetting the thrilling Night Air Shows that get the crowds gasping.
HDFC was there too!
Knowing the passion for aviation of the members of our beloved Hastings District Flying Club (HDFC), they made their yearly pilgrimage to Oshkosh 2023 this summer and clearly had a great time! Meeting and talking to fellow enthusiasts and experts among the clouds, forming new friendships and catching up with friends they meet just once a year, it's an experience you have to go through once in your lifetime!
From left to right: Check out the wild paint scheme on this Bristell - The electric Pipistrel - Chilling with a few drinks at the international BBQ
Talking with the incredible Linda Sollars - the first to build the Sling high wing and actually fly across the Atlantic from South Africa to the USA! What an inspiration and a legend!
Talking with Lou Mancuso, The Landing Doctor.
Meet the Switchblade Flying Car
No, you're not on the set of Back to the Future with Doc and Marty. This is REAL! Meet the Switchblade flying car from Samson Sky!
The Switchblade made its appearance at Oshkosh 2023 and achieved record-breaking sales, adding 115 vehicles to their order books, valued at nearly... an astounding $22M!
The Switchblade Flying Car currently has over 2400 reservations from 57 countries, and over 100 vehicles have already been pre-purchased by those wanting to be at the front of the queue!
The Switchblade is a two-seat flying sports car, powered by a 200 hp liquid cooled Samson 3 engine. It is a three wheel, street-legal vehicle you can keep parked in your garage. From there, you can drive it straight to the airport, extend the wings and tail in under three minutes. As it's a registered aircraft, you can fly to your nearest destination at up to 160mph. You land and transform your plane to a car with wings and tail safely stowed and protected!
The Switchblade is set to transform lives, allowing users to enjoy freedom like never before, skipping traffic and saving time, conveniently going on business trips or travelling for recreation minus all the fuss.
Check out the different models of the gorgeous Switchblade here.
You could spend days at the EAA Museum and it would not be enough to marvel at the collection of beautiful planes.
(Scroll through the gallery of aircraft displayed at the EAS Museum. Source HDFC Facebook)
See planes of every imaginable shape, size, colour, model, age at Oshkosh 2023!
And just to have a feel of how massive this event is, even before the engines have cooled down from this year's event, the organisers are already brainstorming and planning Oshkosh 2024!
Remember to save the date for next year's show! And if you're looking for fellow aviation enthusiasts, you don't have to go so far to Wisconsin. Head up to Hastings District Flying Club and you'll find an amazing group of aviators who are passionate about taking to the skies. If it has always been your dream to learn to fly, check out their training programmes. See you at next year's Oshkosh 2024!
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Hastings District Flying Club
incorporating Port Macquarie Flying School
115 Oliver Dr, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
t/ +612 6583 1695
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