#Oshbash 2015: One Way for #Avgeeks to Meet Up at AirVenture

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor

Each day brings the #avgeek world one day closer to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and for those of us who plan our next trip to the aviation family reunion on the shores of Lake Winnebago, we start planning that trip as we leave the grounds each year.

Many of my readers know this blog hosts a social media "meetup" event at Oshkosh each year called #Oshbash, and this year on Tuesday, July 21st, we #avgeeks will again take over the EAA Press Tent for another two hours of fun, friends and frivolity, indulging in a bit of "face time" in real time. It's a chance for those on aviation social media to meet each other and enjoy the kind of camaraderie that erupts when the room is full of aviators that love technology and social media as much as they do flying.

In my never-ending quest to provide a bit of entertainment at #Oshbash, this year I am presenting Affirmative Attitude Live!...a "live" version of my column that appears monthly in Cessna Flyer and Piper Flyer magazines. What is Affirmative Attitude Live? Glad you asked... 
An "Affirmative Attitude" is what drives GA's incredible volunteers and advocates. You've read about them in my magazine column, now see them LIVE at EAA Airventure Oshkosh. The column honors the extraordinary people in the aviation family that are making a difference in our GA world. These are regular people pushing their personal envelope to reach higher and accomplish more. Each has a backstory to tell, and all are eager to honor the GA volunteers in their organizations that make their work possible. Now come to #Oshbash and meet these movers/shakers to see what motivates them and learn ways you can channel your passion for aviation into giving back to our flying community.
This year's #Oshbash is sponsored by Cessna Flyer Association and Piper Flyer Association, who are getting behind the event to show support for aviation social media and the people who use it. Their magazine's editor, Jen Dellenbusch, has promised a very special surprise for those audience members who are present in the Press Tent at the conclusion of the event.

The format will be more social and laid back than in previous years, with myself doing short but informative interviews on stage with some of the people and organizations I have written about in Affirmative Attitude. So far, the guest list includes: 
• Major General Joe Vazquez, National Commander and CEO, Civil Air Patrol, who will talk about what it takes to coordinate 60,000 volunteers and a fleet of 550 airplanes,
• Katie Meyer, EAA Airventure Volunteer Manager - who will give us insight into the massive annual effort that is EAA's volunteer community.

• Ryan Pemberton, Pemberton and Sons Aviation, Spokane, WA, who will discuss the fine art of keeping vintage airplanes flying and the Pemberton volunteer team,

• Martha Phillips, International President, The Ninety Nines on how the organization she leads is reaching out to the next generation of female pilots around the world, 
• Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue Service (Speaker TBA) on how this important organization manages a nationwide network of volunteer pilots. 
• Mark Spencer, Founder and CEO of FlyQuest, an organization that uses a custom-built 6-DOF simulator to introduce the public to flying.
If you are planning to be on the show grounds on Tuesday, July 21, come to the Press Tent at 5:30 PM and see what this #Oshbash fun is all about. Be advised that #Oshbash is always SRO, so if you desire a chair, get there early as the venue only seats about 85-90 people.

Airplanista gives special thanks to EAA's Communications Director Dick Knapinski for arranging the venue and providing logistics support, and to Dave Allen and the crew of Other People's Airplanes for the live streaming video support, and Julie Celeste, Managing Partner of Celeste/Daniels Advertising & Design for public relations and web development support.

If you have a question about #Oshbash, email host Dan Pimentel here, or hit him up on Twitter as @Av8rdan.

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