Day 3 at Oshkosh ...
Hmm what to say there were quite a few good moments and not so good moments of our final day filming the EAA airventure ...
We started out our day ready (well almost ready) for out first interview at 10am with Kestrel Aero...
Before we could even get there as we were driving up it was very clear that a good majority of volunteers at the air show had taken their extra dose of Jerk vitamins... Meaning ...as We are trying to park where we always park. One guy waived us through while another guy literally a good 3 feet ahead of him started screaming that we were driving through.. I thought to myself he can possibly be talking to us because we just got waived through but he surely was and I deafly kept on driving. We them pull into out parking lot and our car is getting surrounded by local Wisconsin air show security ... I explain to them we are media and trying to park and the young guy says no. I said well I'm not trying to be difficult just trying to park or get close because we have a LOT of equipment. He called in backup. After twenty minutes of explaining I'm merely trying to park or get close enough where my camera guy doesn't have to hull all this equipment for miles. A female security officer finally agrees to escort us to the gate to drop off equipment. Thank you Jesus for almost understanding people. We were quickly escorted to one of the furthest parking lots after that and I was then an hour late to my first interview. I thought to myself gee ud think the president was in town for all the added security and un welcoming attitude towards the media. Here's the deal, I'm not uppity or high maintenance but I did choose to highlight this air show with my own free will because I think it's a great gathering for aviation enthusiasts. Please... Don't make it un-welcoming to the people who are trying to say how wonderful it is to millions of people. I do not expect the red carpet rolled out by any stretch of the imagination but I would hope you would have a little decency for 2 media personnel carrying a s**t ton of equipment to merely get close to drop things off.. I mean don't even get me started on the thousands of volunteers in empty golf carts buzzing around the event... For someone (me) who's family has been coming since 95' let alone filming the event. For good reason, This will sadly be my last year. That is all on that.
Regardless of a crazy morning, overall the air show is great and The interview with kestrel aero was great, they were gracious and understanding of why we were late and tried their best to get us anything we needed for filming and the interview. Their aircraft isn't quite available to the market place YET but when it is, will take the middle market by storm. Think of their aircraft as a luxurious town car or limo. Not quite the Ferrari but certainly no economy-- no frills type of vehicle either. This aircraft has state of the art avionics perfect for the owner pilot or for someone who hires a pilot to cruise around and has lush seating and amenities. Every sky ride with them (I would think) would be equivalent to the very first time you rode in a limo.... Exciting and Ballin' with a grin from ear to ear. Beyond that, it seats 5-7 so you can bring along ur closest pals for a weekend to Vegas or fishing in remote Idaho!
From there it was off to join the HondaJet party.
Hmmm... Honda jet... Where do I begin. I mean HELLO it's Honda. Deep pockets and I'm fairly certain innovation is their middle name. This booth was packed, and for good reason. You can't really compete with a company that patents and designs new technology and aerobits when joining the aviation sector. As far as jets go...this bird is bad ass.. But I feel like you would expect nothing less from Honda. What I didn't expect is their innovative jet engines that were built into the wing reducing drag and creating more interior space for passengers and Better overall fuel efficiency. Inside is nice also with it's very own wash room in the back and ample clean-looking seating. In the sector that Honda is looking to compete with, I think they will rock everyone socks... because at the end of the day it's Honda and people trust the brand (understandably so)
Beyond that My only sad Honda moment was when ASIMO, Honda's robot's pr team canceled our, what could have been, awesome interview. I guess no robots for me...tear*
From there it was off to the airport where I almost missed my flight thanks to slow moving traffic and an even slower moving colleague.. Aye carumba.
I do want to say though, The truly great thing about today is I got to meet a friend and colleague of mine's father... who is a pilot and who happened to be at Oshkosh. I ran into him at the HondaJet booth and talked his ear off. Although he probably thought I rambled on and on and on... He was absolutely lovely and I am so glad to have had the chance to see him and see my friend's family and where she comes from...As well as other amazing people i haven met over the years who work for various aviation companies. I love having the chance okay
Stay classy Wisconsin it's homeward bound for me!!!