The desire to grow aviation is universal.
As of July 1, 2014, there were 552,212 FAA active and student pilot certificates in the USA. But to sustain the industry, we must raise that number. How do we get to one million pilot certificates and build a solid future for GA?
That conversation starts right here, right now.
Oshbash is the official social networking "meetup" event of the Airplanista Aviation Blog and writer Dan Pimentel. This is the AirVenture event where #avgeeks from Twitter and the online aviation family meet each other in person, many for the first time. Both previous Oshbash events in 2011 and 2013 filled the Press Tent with "standing room only" audiences.
At Oshbash 2014, Airplanista is hosting a high-profile Panel Discussion that will bring some of the aviation industry's most influential people together in one room. The only agenda will be to spark a transparent conversation as one body, one voice to discuss how we get to one million certificated pilots.
The ultimate goal of the GA Power Collective will be to encourage an environment that allows the major aviation groups to work together as a "collective" to develop new strategies for reaching out to the non-flying public and growing aviation.
Expect to hear a spirited discussion born from non-standard thinking about how the aviation industry markets to the public. It is our intent to throw away the "box" the industry has been wedged in for decades and focus not on what is wrong with our GA world, but what we can do as one giant, unstoppable force to make it right.
Frank Ayers Jr., Ed.D.
Chancellor, Prescott Campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Senior Communications Advisor,
Experimental Aircraft Association
Dr. Peggy Chabrian
Women in Aviation International
Director of Outreach,
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association
The Ninety Nines
Director of Safety & Outreach,
General Aviation Manufacturers Association