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Finding Freebies

By Tenley Ong

Whether you call it swag, freebies, loot, or promotional items, one thing is clear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 — if you like things that are free, you’re in the right place.

On the opening day at AirVenture, three Young Eagles from California collected free swag from every booth in Exhibit Hangars A, B, C, and D. Over the course of the day, the group accumulated two grocery bags full of free items.

All of the promotional items acquired for free during AirVenture 2021

EAA exhibitors seem to have it all, through hats and T-shirts in order to beer koozies and bottle openers. From the massive pile of swag, the particular group selected its top four favorite booths:

  • SkyVector, Hangar C.   Here you can pick up a nail file to   remind you to  file   a flight plan with SkyVector. And, if you turn out to be a  fan   of them, you can pick up a collapsible  fan   to keep you cool on those Hotkosh days. SkyVector also has hats, stickers, and mints.
  • Crewchief Systems, Hangar C. Crewchief Systems, which specializes in aircraft system intelligence, will be giving out free T-shirts. If a free T-shirt isn’t exciting enough to a person, you can enter to win an iPad in its giveaway raffle. Simply post the picture of you wearing one of Crewchief’s shirts on Instagram and tag @crewchiefsystems.
  • HangarBot, Hangar D.   If you sign up for its email list and/or follow it on social media, an individual can get a free T-shirt from HangarBot as well. On top of that, if anyone go back the following day wearing its shirt, you get a free bag. HangarBot is also hosting multiple drawings and giveaways.
  • Crew Dog Electronics, Hangar C. You can get a free pen ($8 value) from Crew Dog if you sign up for its email list. These pens are specialized with regard to night flight, as they consist of a red light for writing in typically the dark, batteries, and a new leash to attach your pen to your wrist or mobile device so it is not lost if you drop this in the dark.

The exhibit hangars, open 9 some sort of. m. to 5 p. m. through Saturday and 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Sunday, are full of interesting vendors and information so that is easy to spend a full day there.

Tenley Ong at AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh

But this list is not exhaustive; many outdoor exhibitors, as well because other organizations and associations, often have promotional items to hand out as well, so be sure to stop by your favorite booth.

And most importantly, don’t wait until the last day of the particular fly-in convention to explore. Get your free swag before companies run out!

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