Milwaukee, WI - June 4, 2013 - The EAA AirVenture Cup Race has welcomed Vertical Power, a leading designer and producer of electronic circuit breakers for experimental and light-sport aircraft, as a major sponsor of the 2013 AirVenture Cup Race.
In addition to a monetary donation, Vertical Power is donating two VP-X Pro electronic circuit breaker systems and accompanying wiring harnesses. The units will be awarded to the 1st Place winners of the Formula FX Blue and RV Blue race classes. "The AirVenture Cup captures the spirit of experimental aviation," said Marc Ausman, President of Vertical Power, "and we are happy to be working alongside EAA and other sponsors to support this exciting event."
The AirVenture Cup kicks off in Mount Vernon, IL (MVN) on Friday afternoon, July 26, with media flights in advance of an airport open house the following day, Saturday, July 27. The airport open house is open to anyone arriving by car or by air and takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Race aircraft will be on display for public viewing, with some of the airplanes providing Young Eagles flights. In years past, the event has drawn more than 2,500 attendees and yielded in excess of 250 Young Eagles flights in a single day.
Vertical Power executives will participate in the pre-race briefing and pilot dinner in Mt. Vernon on Saturday evening. The race will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, and finish at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) in Wisconsin, with two checkpoints in between, totaling approximately 450 miles. The proceeds donated by Vertical Power will directly support race administration as well as the Awards Presentation held on Sunday evening in Oshkosh (KOSH), where the race winners will be announced.
This year's race is open to virtually all makes and models of general aviation aircraft, with more details available on the race website at www.airventurecuprace.com. Registration is open until July 1, 2013, so interested participants should visit the website and contact race officials as soon as possible to indicate their participation.
Cross country air racing has a long history in the U.S., starting in the early 1920s, and has been credited with many advances in aviation technology, speed and reliability of engines. The organization's goal is to combine aviation history with innovation, new technologies and individual craftsmanship into one high-octane, fun-filled race that participants and spectators alike will enjoy.
About the EAA AirVenture Cup Race
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race was founded in 1997 in the spirit of recreating the old Bendix Trophy Race and is dedicated to aviation advocacy and preserving the rich heritage of cross-country air racing. The race is held annually in advance of EAA AirVenture. For more information, visit www.airventurecuprace.com.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
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This year's course will start at Mount Vernon Airport (MVN) in Illinois, include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh.
Race officials are still determining the course for this year's event, but plan to hold the race on Sunday, July 28, in advance of EAA AirVenture as they have done for the past 16 years.