AMA Foundation team members connected with multiple people at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. In addition to meeting AMA members and AMA Foundation donors from across the country, AMA Foundation Director Steve Haston and Donor and Programs Specialist Rachelle Haughn met with representatives of full-scale aircraft companies. AMA hopes to form partnerships with some of these companies, which could benefit AMA and its membership as a whole.
EAA AirVenture 2023 took place July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. According to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), there were more than 10,000 aircraft at the annual event. Also, approximately 677,000 people attended the gathering, and there were 848 commercial exhibitors. There were multiple flightlines and types of aircraft at the show.
Throughout the event, the AMA Foundation team also handed out swag under a pop-up tent next to AMA's flight simulation trailer. Each afternoon, there was a full-scale air show that included Blackhawk helicopters, warbirds, F-16 jets, and parachuters.
The UAS4STEM national contest also took place during EAA AirVenture. The Foundation awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships to the top three teams in the beginner and advanced divisions. The Dewey O. Broberg Jr. Memorial Scholarship was also handed out. The competition for groups of students ages 11 to graduating high school seniors, took place July 24-26 at Camp Scholler. The competition was also sponsored by Skydio.
The Foundation team hopes to attend EAA AirVenture 2024 and make even more connections!