AirVenture to feature “PT6 Engine Day” with special events.
The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) AirVenture is one of the highlights in the calendar year for shows important to P&WC’s PT6 engine. The company has been attending the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, event for more than 10 years as it provides the ideal venue to showcase the PT6 engine, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“When you have 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from 60 countries gathered in one spot for an entire week, you know that the PT6 engine and the services we provide are going to get excellent exposure,” says Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation. “Because of the 50th anniversary, we have added a number of special events, many of which will be held on Wednesday, July 31, which has been officially designated ‘PT6 Engine Day.’”
AirVenture will be held from Monday, July 29, to Sunday, August 4. The “pioneers” video, created to commemorate the original engineers who developed the PT6 engine, will be shown on a daily basis at the event’s popular Sky Theater. It will also be shown at venues throughout the show, including the P&WC booth, where several PT6 engines will be on display. P&WC will also be supplying display PT6 engines to several of its aircraft manufacturers and STC partners (companies that use P&WC engines to retrofit existing aircraft).
P&WC will have activities at the KidVenture pavilion (see Teens and Turbines ), including an interactive game in which young people “assemble” an engine using a massive puzzle. In addition, the company will sponsor a table and provide items for the fundraising auction at the Young Eagles Gala Dinner on Thursday, August 1.
On PT6 Engine Day, the company has arranged for 10 PT6-powered aircraft – examples of the remarkable range of what the PT6 engine powers – to be on display in a prominent showcase location called Conoco Phillips Plaza. P&WC will also host a PT6 engine history seminar given by its engine experts. Finally, the day will be capped off by a customer event hosted by P&WC representatives.
“We meet more owner-operators at AirVenture than at any other show during the course of the year,” says Parisien. “So we take it as a prime opportunity to get out there with our customers and hear first hand their thoughts on our engines and the customer support we provide. It’s truly a great opportunity from many vantage points.”