• Five EAA AirVenture attendees will ride in Goodyear blimp.
• Aerobatics champ Mike Goulian will perform at event.
• Goodyear to display general aviation tires at its AirVenture booth.

AKRON, Ohio, July 10, 2012 – Attendees of this month’s 2012 EAA AirVenture show will have an opportunity to enter a contest to win a ride on the Goodyear Blimp during the event.

EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest general aviation show, will take place July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wis. (The blimp ride is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 27.)

“During the show, attendees can visit our booth and enter a drawing to ride on the Goodyear blimp as part of our ‘I Wanna Blimp Ride’ contest,” said Eric Varndell, global marketing manager, aviation tires, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. “This is an exciting opportunity that people won’t want to miss!” (For more details about the contest, click here.)

In addition, aerobatics champion Mike Goulian will deliver a one-of-a-kind performance in his Goodyear-badged Extra 300SC during AirVenture.

“Mike is one of the top names in aerobatics,” noted Varndell. “His performance is an impressive display of airmanship, and combines the precision flying of his competition experience with modern air show aerobatics.”

Goodyear is a sponsor of Goulian’s 2012 air show schedule. (The company also is the title sponsor of the 2012 Goodyear Advantage Tour. For more details about the tour, click here.)

During AirVenture, Goulian will sign autographs at Goodyear’s booth (#B2131) on Wed., July 25, at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST), and on Sat., July 28, at 11 a.m. CST. In addition, Goodyear blimp pilots will sign autographs at the booth on Thursday, July 26, at 11 a.m. CST and on Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. CST.

Goodyear also will display several aviation tires – including the Flight Custom III and Flight Special II – at its AirVenture booth. “Both tires are designed for the general aviation market and offer an unparalleled combination of performance and value,” said Varndell.

“In the general aviation segment, EAA AirVenture is one of the most important shows. We are thrilled to be part of this year’s event in Oshkosh, and look forward to interacting with our customers and other general aviation enthusiasts.”

About Goodyear Aviation:
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is a leading supplier of aviation tires for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft. Operating a global business from its Akron, Ohio, headquarters, Goodyear manufactures aviation tires and retreads in the United States, Thailand, Brazil and The Netherlands. For more information on Goodyear Aviation tires, retreading and services, visit http://www.goodyearaviation.com.

About Mike Goulian Aerosports:
Mike Goulian is a veteran air show performer with more than 20 years of experience performing in front of audiences all over the world. He began his career as an aerobatic competitor, becoming the youngest pilot ever to win the National Advance Aerobatic Championship in 1990 at the age of 22.  Goulian reached the highest level of success in aerobatic competition in 1995, when he won the U.S. National Unlimited Aerobatic Championship. He achieved further global popularity competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship for five years, starting in 2005. As an air show superstar, Goulian has received all three of the sport’s most prestigious awards: the ICAS Sword of Excellence, the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. For more information, visit http://www.mikegoulian.com.