September 2008 Issue

First Word: 09/08

In the busy run-up to OSH, we routinely get snowed under by pre-show press releases, so this year, we wised up and began covering the show a week before it started. I produced a bucket of podcasts for our sister publication, www.avweb.com and during these interviews, one question came up repeatedly: What are you hearing? Implicit in this query are two others: Is GA about to crump because of high gas prices and the soft economy and will show attendance evaporate as a result? Going into the show I didnít think that would be the case and it wasnít. EAA now reports that attendance was only slightly below the 2007 gate and the number of international attendees actually showed a healthy increase.

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