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Going Direct: Huge Dilemmas EAA Faced In Canceling AirVenture

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Photo by Laurie Goossens, Courtesy of EAA

As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, EAA has decided to cancel AirVenture 2020. The reasons the organization’s leader, Jack Pelton, gave for the decision are good ones. EAA staff, volunteers and contractors needed to get started building the event on May 1st if it were to happen at all, EAA said.

And that’s a problem. At this point, the state of Wisconsin has a stay-at-home order in place, and large gatherings are expressly prohibited. So not only is there no guarantee that AirVenture could have begun on July 20th, that is, if it had somehow magically been able to come together in the months leading up to the event under the social distancing orders, but there’s no guarantee that such large gatherings would be okayed by Wisconsin by that time. In fact, if I had to bet, I’d say that they won’t be.

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