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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Aircraft Areas

Discover the unique assortment of airplanes you’ll find as you make your way through our aircraft neighborhoods.

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Air Shows

The world's finest aerobatic performers put on jaw-dropping displays every year.

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Theater in the Woods & Fly-In Theater

From blockbuster hits and classic aviation movies, to historic and informative programming, you'll find a great variety at the Fly-In Theater and Theater in the Woods.

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WomenVenture opens the doors to participation, providing mentors, knowledge, and support for women in all facets of aviation.

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

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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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AirVenture Social

Share your posts and photos using the #OSH15 to join the conversation, follow EAA on social media and check out the community's AirVenture posts!

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

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AirVenture 2015 Poster

Share it with your friends, family, coworkers, fellow chapter members, or spruce up your walls with this year’s design. Available now in three convenient sizes.

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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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2015 Grand Champion - World War II: de Havilland Canada FB26 Mosquito

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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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There are thousands of hotel and motel rooms within an hour’s drive of Oshkosh. Reserve one with one of our partner hotels today!

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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 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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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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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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AirVenture Visitors Guide

Attendees' most reliable source of everything including exhibitor locations, dining options, and forums / workshops schedules.

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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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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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Big Howards are a Comfortable Ride

By Randy Dufault

August 1, 2013 - After World War II, Dee Howard built a business making plush executive airplanes out of surplus Lockheed bombers. While his conversions were popular, they lacked a few features Howard felt were required in a modern business aircraft.

So he created the Howard Model 500. Although it bears a striking resemblance to the wartime Lockheeds used in prior conversions, it is substantially an all-new airplane built in the company's San Antonio, Texas, facility. Seventeen were produced in a run that, most likely, was ended by the growing popularity of the turboprop and the jet in business aviation.

Only two flying examples of the type remain, and both, now owned by Tony Phillippi of Minneapolis, Minnesota, are here in the Vintage area.

Equipped with two R-2800 Twin Wasp radial engines, the Howard could reach 25,000 feet and achieve speeds of 350 mph. Its pressurized cabin is capable of maintaining sea level air density up to 16,000 feet.

Gear reduction for the propellers, a feature common on piston airliners of the '50s and '60s, kept cabin noise at a level that allowed normal conversation. Competitive executive transports of the day lacking the feature were much louder.

However, all that comfort and performance comes at a cost.

According to Hans Meyer, one of three pilots type rated to fly the Howards, each engine consumes 100 gallons of 100LL fuel per hour. Given the current cost of avgas, filling up the plane's tanks to their 1,500-gallon capacity can be an expensive exercise.

Phillippi was looking for a Howard to use primarily for business and personal travel.

"The green one (N500HP) came up for sale by its previous owner," Meyer said. Conditions were right, and he acquired it.

"The blue aircraft (N500LN) was over in England and was in very rough airworthy condition."

Over about two years, Phillippi had mechanics working on the plane to get it ready for a North Atlantic crossing. It arrived in the United States last October, enduring a harrowing fall North Atlantic crossing, complete with low IFR approaches.

Although not intended to be airliners, Howard built the planes to transport standards.

"There are lots of redundancies," Meyer said. For example, there are five different ways to lower the landing gear.

Regarding flying qualities Meyer notes, "They have their quirks, I guess. It is a 31,000-pound, twin-engine taildragger. As any tailwheel pilot can attest, there are a lot of rudder skills required. You have to know how to use your feet."

Rudder input is very important especially during the takeoff roll. Bringing two R-2800 engines from idle rpm up to 2,500 hp puts every left-turning force into effect.

"And they are there instantaneously. So you have to be ready on the rudders."

Landing can also be a challenge.

"It likes about 110 knots over the fence," Meyer added. "If you are any faster, you are going to float most of the way down the runway. If you are any slower than about 105 knots, you are going to fall out of the sky."

He and the other pilots operate the airplanes as close to an airline standard as possible.

"All the captains that fly the airplanes are pilots for major airlines," he said. "The copilots are all mechanics with pilot licenses. It is a two-pilot aircraft.

"We try to train and fly with the airline concept in mind since it is a big transport-type airplane. We have checklists and flows that you would see on any U.S. airline.

We have pilot flying and pilot monitoring duties. That is how we try to run the shop and that keeps us safe, and keeps both pilots in the game at all times."

As it is with any classic airplane, parts availability is a challenge.

"Like any other aircraft manufacturer, Howard would take another component, put their part number on it, and sell it as their own," said chief mechanic Brian Rygwall. "So if you need to find a motor, or an actuator, or something that has a Howard part number, you can't call Howard to cross reference it with a replacement part. Parts that are supposed to go on these airplanes are incredibly difficult to find."

Phillippi and his team do have a third example of the type at Anoka County airport. It is used primarily to supply parts for the other two, and Rygwall said it's unlikely anyone could find the resources and parts necessary to make that airframe airworthy.

The team has located the 14 other examples of the type. Most are not being preserved and likely will be lost to time.

One that was under restoration, and probably less than a year from flying again, was at New Orleans Lakefront Airport when Hurricane Katrina submerged it in saltwater.

According to Meyer, Phillippi's primary mission for the rare Howards, and for a Grumman Albatross he also owns, is first and foremost to share the airplanes with the public. Secondarily they are for business travel.

"Wherever we go we are happy to open up the airplane and let people see it," Meyer said. "The owner, the pilots, and mechanics are really proud of what we have been able to accomplish."

Both Howards are expected to fly in Saturday's air show.