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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Otto: Just Clowning Around in the Sky

By Barbara A. Schmitz

July 31, 2013 - Roger Buis says he likes to clown around. So it seems appropriate that he flies a helicopter named Otto that looks the part.

Otto is a Schweizer 300C helicopter that was originally designed by Howard Hughes. But Otto doesn't look - or act - like your ordinary helicopter on the ground or in the air.

With its big blue eyes and red nose, Otto is based on Bozo the clown, part of the U.S. Army Silver Eagles, a helicopter display team formed to stimulate public interest in the Army and demonstrate its aerial abilities. Until the group was disbanded in 1976, Bozo wore the face of a clown and performed antics to entertain the audience while the other aircraft positioning for the next maneuver.

Pauline and Roger owned an FBO, but they were looking for a new opportunity when they decided to join the air show business. The clown helicopter, then named Oscar, had been created by Craig Hosking, but when Hosking started flying, filming or coordinating stunts for Hollywood, Oscar was put to the side, so the Buises purchased it.

"It allowed us to get into the air show business easier," Roger says.

They have refined the act throughout the years and upgraded the aircraft. "The only thing that is now original is the clown face," Roger says.

Their act is different, and tends to break up the routine at most air shows, Pauline says. "Airplanes have different paint schemes, but most of them are doing the same maneuvers," she says.

"Otto touches the soul of future aviators," Roger adds. "Kids can relate to it, and then think of air shows as exciting..."

Roger and Otto perform at both day and night shows. Their day shows include three parts: comedy, to appeal to children ages 2-92; aerobatic movements, to showcase the helicopter's agility; and patriotism, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans and hometown heroes like police officers and firefighters.

Roger says he can do a variety of maneuvers in the helicopter, including some that airplanes can't do. He flies 90 mph traveling backward, or will do hammerheads, reverse lazy-eights, eight-point rolls, snap rolls, tail slides, and more.

And if the weather cooperates, Otto may even do a new maneuver at Oshkosh: the hurricane, which is a tailspin pivot, he says.

"I say we do helibatics," Pauline says, "instead of aerobatics."

Their night show uses lots of pyrotechnics and fireworks and is "totally patriotic," Roger says.

"We start off tame and build slow," he explains. They start with smoke and lights, and then add pyrotechnics and color, and more pyrotechnics, and more color, until the grand finale, which includes him pulling an American flag up in the air as fireworks go off.

"It's nothing but color, and the bombs bursting in air, all set to music," he says.

How does he keep from being disoriented with all the lights at night? "I just try to keep my eyes closed," Roger says, laughing.

At some shows, they also give media flights or offer rides. The most memorable ride occurred at a Hickory, North Carolina, show. Roger took a 3-year-old girl up whose father had recently died in a trucking accident.

"She said she wanted to ride in Otto so she could go up to heaven and say goodbye to her dad," Pauline recalls.

"While we were up, we said a prayer for her daddy," Roger adds.

Flying since 1980, Roger has logged more than 18,500 hours in the air. Besides flying for air shows, he is also the chief pilot for Heliworks, where he flies mainly the King Air 250, or Bell's 206 or 207. The helicopter operation does movie filming and photography, news and media, sightseeing, fire control and firefighting, air charter, and more.