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AirVenture kicks off in Oshkosh, Wis.
AirVenture kicks off in Oshkosh, Wis.

Wichita aircraft manufacturers, aviation-related companies and enthusiasts are in Oshkosh, Wis., this week for the AirVenture fly-in.

The annual show, which started Monday and runs through Sunday, is a combination trade show, air show and educational workshop.

It´s sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, an organization that bills itself as dedicated to keeping aviation "fun, accessible and safe."

Last year´s show drew more than 800 commercial exhibitors, 10,000 aircraft and 650,000 attendees.

About 30,000 people camp in tents or travel trailers next to their own airplanes during the weeklong event.

"Oshkosh is a great show for us to go showcase the product line," said Hawker Beechcraft spokesman Andrew Broom.

The company is displaying its Bonanza G36, Baron G58, King Air C90GTi and B200GT, its Premier IA light jet and Hawker 400XP light jet.

Every year, 100 Bonanza aircraft fly in to the show on the Saturday before it opens.

"Attendance is good," said Cessna Aircraft spokeswoman Angela Landwehr.

The weather is sunny and in the low 80s. That´s helped bring people out, she said.

"We´ve been busy all morning long," she said Monday afternoon.

"We´re here to support the show and show our presence and talk to customers and potential customers. And we do sell airplanes at these shows."

Cessna is displaying the first production Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft, its full line of single-engine piston aircraft, the Cessna 350 and 400, a Grand Caravan and Caravan Amphibian and three business jets -- a Citation Mustang, Citation CJ2 Plus and a pre-owned Citation ValuePlace Ultra.

Attendees can view commercial and general aviation aircraft, military airplanes, classic warbirds, restored vintage airplanes, homebuilt aircraft, ultralights and rotorcraft.

Walking down, not past, each row of airplanes would mean walking more than five miles.

There´s a variety of workshops, such as forums on building an airplane yourself, the history of radial engines and pilot safety.


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