Forums

Head over to Forums Plaza and learn something about almost everything - building, flying, restoring, and so much more! Forums are included with your admission and no reservations are required. Plan out your Oshkosh days!

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Workshops

Get hands-on and learn the skills you need to build an airplane at daily workshops patterned after the popular SportAir Workshops. Stop on by! No reservations are required and it's included in your admission.

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Take a B-17 Flight!

Honor the legacy of "The Greatest Generation" with a "mission flight" on the beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast. Go on a trip back in time aboard this World War II-era bomber.

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Aeromart

Turn old aircraft parts into cash, with the added satisfaction that you have helped other EAA members complete their projects.

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News

Stay up to date on the latest news and happenings surrounding EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read about confirmed attractions and other features taking place during the big event!

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Videos

Feel the excitement of Oshkosh come alive through hours of videos. Daily updates, personality features, product launches, and so much more!

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Photos

These beautiful photos will help you see into The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Streaming Year-Round!

Need a bit of Oshkosh to brighten your day? Listen to EAA Radio broadcasts year-round, now streaming on the web or your mobile device.

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AirVenture Today

The daily "must read" is AirVenture Today, a free newspaper available to attendees during the annual convention and fly-in. This essential newspaper is distributed throughout the convention grounds and is available for download.

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Camp Scholler

Located adjacent to the convention grounds, the Camp Scholler campground is home for thousands of aviation enthusiasts every July. Exclusive for EAA members, it’s where new friends meet and old friends reunite, all sharing in the camaraderie and spirit of aviation that brought them together.

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RideShare

Looking for a ride to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Or are you already planning to go but have space available in your airplane or car to take along a fellow aviation enthusiast? RideShare matches pilots/drivers with passengers for the annual journey to Oshkosh.

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Directions & Parking

Find the easiest way to get into the grounds and get to the fun faster! Six public parking lots on the grounds are available. Daily or weekly parking passes can be purchased for cars, trucks, motorhomes, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles.

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Food & Concessions

Curb your hunger by feasting on one (or more) of the options offered by the diverse selection of vendors. Whether you want to indulge your sweet tooth or keep the calories in check, you’ll likely find what you need that hits the spot!

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Trams

Trams run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (unless noted), making several stops along three separate routes to help attendees move about the grounds. Trams are made possible thanks to support from Piper Aircraft.

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Rent Electronic Scooters

Single-seat personal electric convenience vehicles, specifically designed for those with disabilities, are allowed on the convention site and can also be rented via Vista Mobility, Inc.

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Maps

The convention site is massive - and can be pretty daunting, especially for first-time visitors. Save time and prepare your Oshkosh days thanks to this assortment of maps designed to assist you.

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Weather for Pilots

See current and forecast weather information in and around Oshkosh and EAA AirVenture, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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Order NOTAM Booklet

You may order a free printed copy of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 NOTAM that will be shipped to you once it becomes available. You may also download a PDF version. 

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Severe Weather Procedures

In case of severe weather, warnings and instructions will be given over the AirVenture public address system and other communications methods, including Twitter (@EAAupdate), Facebook, and text messaging alerts to your cell phone.

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Video Examples

Watch "real world" examples of VFR flights to and from Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture. These videos were produced to supplement the instructions printed in the NOTAM. They made the flights during what they hoped would be a busy time for arrivals, mid-morning on AirVenture opening day.

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Arrival & Departure Signs

Print out sign codes used to tell ground personnel your destination on the Wittman Regional Airport grounds. Just pick the signs you need and be sure to have them in your airplane for the trip to Oshkosh.

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Ultralight Flight Schedule

Flight operations on the Ultralight Runway at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are broken into separate time periods to allow similar performance aircraft in the pattern at the same time.

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Seaplane Base Arrivals

The Seaplane Base (identifier 96WI) is located on the west shore of Lake Winnebago, 5 miles southeast of Wittman Regional Airport and the convention site. Seaplane arrivals should avoid nearby Class C and D airspace and SHOULD NOT use the Fisk VFR arrival route.

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Reminder from U.S. & Canada Border Agencies

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have joined efforts to remind travelers of document requirements to travel into both countries. The two agencies want to educate travelers about these requirements to make their travel experience during the busy summer season a more enjoyable one.

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Fuel Discounts

It’s nice to feel wanted, and those flying to and from AirVenture are certainly that. View a list of facilities that are providing special offers to traveling EAAers on their flights to Oshkosh. Plan out your flight by visiting those FBOs and airports rolling out the welcome mat for you!

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Nearby Commercial Airports

Make the short drive or hop aboard a shuttle bus from one of these airports.

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Fly Market

Find a vast array of exhibitors and products, product demonstrations, and much more. It's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's version of a flea market.

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Partner Ad/Web Glyphs

Tell your customers where to find you! For your convenience, we’ve developed glyphs or “bugs” for you to use in your print and web advertising to let your customers and prospects know where they can find you at Oshkosh. 

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Space Assignment

EAA will attempt to accommodate each applicant’s preferred location. However, if all booth choices indicated by applicant are unavailable, EAA will assign the best available space, in EAA’s sole opinion.

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Souvenir Program

Attendees and exhibitors count on the beautiful, full-color EAA AirVenture Oshkosh commemorative souvenir program to document all they need to know and where to go during AirVenture.

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Sponsor Benefits

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the optimal place to enhance your brand visibility through sponsorship of the event, venues, or its programs. The value in AirVenture sponsorship is enhanced by the ability for customization.

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Sponsor Benefits

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the optimal place to enhance your brand visibility through sponsorship of the event, venues, or its programs. The value in AirVenture sponsorship is enhanced by the ability for customization.

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Advertise on Jumbotrons

Showcase your company's information, special event, or booth number on jumbotrons and plasma screens placed throughout the buildings and grounds during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Why Exhibit?

AirVenture enables our commercial partners to have an unmatched forum to present their products and services to the most passionate aviation consumers.

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Volunteer Opportunities

From the flightline to the convention office to Camp Scholler, many opportunities are available for you to become a part of EAA's heart and soul as an AirVenture volunteer.

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Brown Arch

The Brown Arch is a historical area, almost a "rite of passage" for new attendees and return visitors as well, creating an emotional passage through the arch. Leave your mark at this historic EAA landmark with a personalized brick.

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Gathering of Eagles

Together, we can raise funds for EAA’s youth education, historic preservation, and inspirational endeavors that help young people, anywhere, gain access to the resources and encouragement to change the world.

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Young Eagles Raffle

Purchase tickets at the EAA AirVenture Museum or during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Tickets are $100 each with a maximum of 1,500 tickets being sold and must be purchased in person. 

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Win a Fairchild 24H!

When you enter the EAA Classic Sweepstakes and make a donation, you’re helping EAA create the next generation of aviators. Every donation supports EAA programs that educate, engage, and empower people of all ages to take the next step in pursuing their dreams of flight.

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Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation

Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, narrated by actor and EAA member, Harrison Ford, shows why EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Paul Poberezny

Paul Poberezny came from humble beginnings, yet he emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's largest annual fly-in event, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Prohibited Items

Save yourself time and hassle by leaving the following items at home, in your car or at your campsite, as these items will not be allowed through the admission gates.

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Directions to Media Check-In

Get driving directions to the AirVenture check-in facility.

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Drawing on a Passion for B-25s

Patrick Mihalek's Sandbar Mitchell

By Barbara A. Schmitz and Frederick A. Johnsen

July 30, 2013 - Patrick Mihalek has been drawing pictures of North American B-25s since he was 8, before he even knew what they were.

"My friends say aviation is in my genes," he says, laughing.

After taking three or four Young Eagles flights and being a four-time camper at the EAA Air Academy, Mihalek dreamed of starting his own aviation museum, highlighted by a B-25J Mitchell bomber.

"I always liked the history part of aviation," he explains. "It just fascinates me, and the B-25 is such a beautiful airplane...."

Mihalek, now 30, is one big step closer to that dream. On July 14, he brought home the airframe of the B-25Sandbar Mitchell after recovering it from Alaska where in June 1969 it crash-landed on a sandbar in the Tanana River three miles outside Fairbanks.

The firefighting pilot lost both engines on climb-out. He was able to jettison the load of retardant, and photos taken at the time depict a fairly intact B-25J at rest on the bar.

The U.S. Air Force originally flew the plane from 1944 to 1959. Its final USAF service was as a TB-25J trainer, serving at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, and in Texas, Mihalek has learned.

In the 1960s it became a fire-suppression bomber, Tanker No. 8, in Alaska.

Mihalek says he learned of the B-25 as a college student. "Instead of going out to the bars, I'd sit home and go through CAP records for airplane wrecks. That's how I stumbled across it."

Recovering it wasn't easy, especially on a "Ramen noodles budget," Mihalek says. Throughout the decades, the island had become tree-covered, and the only way to get there was by a helicopter or airboat. While the weather meant the plane stayed in decent shape, vandals weren't quite as kind to the plane; they shot holes in it or took "souvenirs" with them, including cutting off her outer wings, forward and aft sections.

But after a final inspection in April 2013 showed the plane was worth salvaging, Mihalek and his crew of 14 volunteers arrived in Alaska on June 25, complete with the permits needed to retrieve the relic, piece by piece.

The first few days were spent clearing out a path to the warbird and building stands that would allow them to lift it out of the sand. They also dug it out of the sandbar and disassembled the plane until only the 2,000-pound center remained. The thought was to build a wooden skid and then slide it out once the river was frozen in January.

But thanks to publicity from the rescue, a construction firm donated the use of their helicopter, which lifted up the aircraft and took it back to their work area. The story of the rescue will be featured on a new TV show called The Restorers, Mihalek says; they will be episode two.

Mihalek estimates the restoration will take 10 years and $750,000 to complete. "I've found two other B-25s that have also been abandoned, so we'll be going after those as well. That would permit us to use those parts on theSandbar Mitchell."

It's his hope that Sandbar Mitchell can be renovated to flying shape with as many original parts as possible.

"It's taking some resourcefulness to get parts," he says, noting that he found a nose section on eBay.

He already has a complete Bendix top turret and plans to revert the Sandbar Mitchell back to its World War II bomber configuration. With characteristic cleverness, Mihalek has already picked out the markings he will apply to the finished restoration. In homage to this B-25's civilian career as an air tanker known by the alphanumeric designator 8Z, Mihalek says he plans to invoke the identifiers used by the 340th Bomb Group to keep 8Z on the tail, coupled with the newer nickname of Sandbar Mitchell.

Mihalek works during the day at Legends of Aces Aviation, a Brighton, Michigan, restoration company that specializes in vintage, classic, and World War II aircraft. He founded the company after graduating in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in aviation maintenance technology and a certificate in computer aided design from Western Michigan University's College of Aviation.

Then, at night, he and about five to seven volunteers work on restoring Sandbar Mitchell. They are doing the restoration in parts and are hoping that someone will help fund the restoration.

His credentials for rebuilding a B-25 include previous restorations of a PT-22 and ongoing work on four North American NA-64 Yale trainers. "I've always liked North American products," he explains.

He plans to store the plane in his newly formed museum, Warbirds of Glory Museum in Brighton.

"Being 30 is an advantage," he says. "No one else my age is trying to do this ... and I know I can do this because of my determination and passion."

If you'd like to learn more about the B-25 restoration project or buy a special B-25 T-shirt, you can find Patrick Mihalek at night in Camp Scholler. His campsite is located at the intersection of Stits and Cottonwood streets. For more information, go to www.SandbarMitchell.org.