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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008 

Welcome to Oshkosh!
Every year, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe gather in Oshkosh to celebrate and promote their passion — aviation in all its forms. During this special time of the year, Oshkosh serves as the epicenter of the aviation industry as aircraft manufacturers and aviation-related companies unveil their latest airplanes, avionics, and other products.

Innovation is a dominant theme every year, but this year it’s even more so. Here’s just a sampling: The Martin Jetpack, billed as the "first practical jetpack," will be launched at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at AeroShell Square. Get a glimpse of rocket-racing planes with the first public flights of the Rocket Racing League on Tuesday; electric aircraft; the latest on space tourism; the world’s most unorthodox cargo hauler; the gargantuan Boeing Dreamlifter; the world’s most sophisticated military aircraft; and astoundingly well-crafted amateur-built and restored aircraft. As you’re walking the grounds, you will also notice the new air traffic control tower located next to AeroShell Square. The 525-square foot tower is significantly larger than that of the old tower and provides air traffic controllers a greater view of the runways.

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EAA Multimedia

VideoHomebuilders' Flights to Oshkosh
Two homebuilders describe their flights to Oshkosh shortly after arriving on Sunday, July 27, 2008.

More multimedia today:

Video: Bellringer Volunteer

Video: Maintenance Volunteering

Video: Israel to Oshkosh

Gallery: Mass Arrivals

Gallery: OSH's New Tower

Gallery: Pre-show Set-up

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AirVenture News and Views

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Helpful Links
•  Aircraft Parking Status
•  AirVenture NOTAM
•  Admission, Parking, Hours
•  Day-by-day Events
•  Presentations and Workshops Schedule
•  Online Info Guide
•  Special Offers for Pilots
•  Find, provide a ride to Oshkosh with EAA RideShare
Highlights for
Monday, July 28
•  Nanchang CJ-6 anniversary mass formation fly-over
•  Afternoon air show with Red Bull helicopter
•  Opening-day concert with Foreigner
•  Massive Boeing 'Dreamlifter' lands at Oshkosh, 5 p.m.
•  Theater in the Woods: Rocket Racing League, Women in Aviation programs.
You've got a lot on your mind as AirVenture approaches, and we'd like to remind you of a few things. Most importantly, be sure you're up-to-date on any temporary flight restrictions or NOTAMs along your route, and be aware of the changing parking status on the field at Wittman Regional Airport. And don't forget to pack your membership card and pre-purchased tickets!

Setting up Shop
It's not only the world's biggest air show. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is also the world's largest aviation shopping mall, thanks to the hundreds of manufacturers and distributors that showcase the latest and greatest in aviation products and services here every year. The transformation of empty exhibition hangars and fallow display areas into an aviation shopper's paradise happens almost overnight.  Read more

EAA Radio on the Air
On the grounds and around the world, EAA Radio brings AirVenture Oshkosh to you 24/7 at 1210 AM, at 100.5 FM, and on Now in its 12th year, EAA Radio allows you to be a part of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration even if you're half a world away. Live programming starts each day of the convention at 7 a.m. CDT/1200 Zulu and includes interviews with a variety of guests from all corners of aviation.  Read more

KidVenture Turns 10!
Kids love airplanes! The proof is in EAA AirVenture's KidVenture area, which in 10 years has grown eleven fold since first opening in 1999. Organizers are looking to build on that success at KidVenture's home on EAA's Pioneer Airport this year. Read more

NASA Exhibit Opens
They're the Energizer bunnies of space exploration, the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The golf-cart sized robotic vehicles have been roaming the Martian landscape for more than four years. Ever wondered what one looks like close up…not all the way on Mars? Head to the NASA exhibit at the EAA AirVenture Museum where visitors can check out a life-size model of the rovers. This year the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has displays in the museum and a traveling exhibit closer to the flightline near the homebuilts and Exhibit Hangar E.  Read more

2008 AirVenture Program a True Collector's Item...and More
Take home a treasured memento of your AirVenture experience with the 2008 AirVenture Commemorative Program. This $7 collectible souvenir and keepsake is printed on premium paper and features more pictures and articles on the upcoming convention than ever before…including a dedicated air show performers' autograph section. Plus, as a special bonus, a free copy of the popular DVD, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation is included with every program. Also new this year: EAA offers a limited edition t-shirt - bundled with a program when purchased at select EAA merchandise locations on convention grounds, all for a special combo price of $16.95.

EAA Member Discounts at AirVenture
Bring Your EAA Membership Card and $ave!

Membership has its privileges - but you’ve gotta have the card! Your EAA membership card is your ticket to receiving instant savings of 10-30 percent on most merchandise items at official EAA Merchandise locations during AirVenture. And there are special savings for EAA members on selected food items throughout the grounds. Your membership card helps save you money while at Oshkosh! (Savings valid on grounds during AirVenture 2008 only - Sunday, July 27-Sunday, August 3.)

AirVenture Info Guide Available Online
The official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Info Guide is now available for download on the AirVenture website. For information on forums, presentations, and workshops, click here. For the listing of AirVenture exhibitors, click here. Printed copies will be available free of charge to all visitors at several locations throughout the convention grounds, including any admission gate, the exhibit areas, the EAA Welcome Center, and other convenient locations. The Info Guide will help you get the most out of your time at Oshkosh, with helpful information about exhibitors and their locations, forum, presentation, and workshop schedules, evening entertainment, air show line-ups, and more. 

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