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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Daily Highlights Schedule

These are the can't miss attractions that you'll want to put on your itinerary when you visit AirVenture 2014.

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Ultralights: Fun Fly Zone

Experience the lighter side of Oshkosh at the ultralights, light-sport aircraft, and homebuilt rotorcraft area, located at the south end of the grounds. Demonstrations, hands-on learning, and so much more!

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Night Air Show

What do you get when you combine aerobatics with fireworks? A must-see spectacle! Be there for the night air shows on Wednesday, July 30 and Saturday, August 2.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Presented by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans, popular swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy joins AirVenture's marquee musical lineup slated as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, August 1.

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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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One Week Wonder

Share the airplane building experience and help us assemble a Zenith CH 750 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Watch the project take shape, add your own "hands-on" moment, and sign the logbook as one of the builders!

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Runway 5K Run/Walk

Lace up your running shoes and get your day started on the right (and left) foot! Each registration includes free admission on Saturday, August 2, that features a night air show. Register today!

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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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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 App

Highlights, schedules, and essential information for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is now easier to find than ever before with the new AirVenture app now available for smartphones and tablets.

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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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AirVenture 2014 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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EAA Aviators Club

Presented by Shell Aviation, the EAA Aviators Club is your place to relax, chill, chow down, and watch the air show from the best seats around. Enjoy daily visits with some of the week's air show performers and special guests.

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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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AirVenture Online Auction

Search among our various items to find what will complete your AirVenture 2014 experience, bid and win!

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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. Drawing to be held Sunday, August 3, at 3 p.m. on the Plaza.

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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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Lewis Brings Re-Engineered Microjet Back 'Home'

By Barbara A. Schmitz

August 1, 2013 - Coming to Oshkosh for first-time EAA AirVenture air show performer Justin Lewis was almost like coming home.

Lewis, a 1992 EAA Air Academy graduate, Young Eagle, and Young Eagles pilot, had attended AirVenture for much of the 1990s. And the only thing that has kept him away in the time since was his job as a pilot in the U.S Navy from 1999-2011.

Lewis says his fascination with aviation started as a child. He did all the normal stuff kids do when they're interested in aviation - watching airplane movies and building models. But his interest really started soaring, he says, once his father researched and found out about EAA.

As a teen, Lewis joined EAA Chapter 186 and started going to meetings. And he waited. And waited some more.

He started flight lessons at 14, and then he waited to turn 16 to solo. Next he waited to turn 17 and pass his checkride.

He also waited each year for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to arrive. It was there in the early 1990s that Lewis first saw the BD-5 microjet, which had been developed in the 1970s by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft.

"I was inspired," he says. "It's little, it's amazing, and it has all the things that I love about aviation." But the BD-5, dubbed "The world's smallest jet," was also difficult to build and not very safe to fly. After just a few years, Bede Aircraft shut its doors.

But Lewis never forgot about that jet, and finally decided to build his own improved version. Partnering with BD-Micro Technologies Inc., they spent about five years on research and development, updating the BD-5 with today's technology.

The result is the FLS microjet that Lewis is flying at the 2013 fly-in and convention. Until this year, a microjet hasn't been seen at Oshkosh since the late 1990s. In fact, there are only three flying microjets currently in existence, he says.

His FLS microjet is a high-performance, single-seat, aerobatic, low-wing, all-metal, jet-powered aircraft built from an amateur homebuilder kit. It looks like a shiny toy, and at first glance you'd think the 6-foot-1-inch Lewis couldn't fit in the cockpit. But he does - barely.

Lewis says the microjet is fun to fly. "It is so unique," he says. "It is something you have to look at. Plus, the bonus is that I can do high-performance maneuvers and inspire kids to fly."

He also flies the A-10 as part of the 188th Fighter Wing in the Arkansas Air National Guard. Not surprisingly, there is quite the difference between the two aircraft. "The only thing that is the same is that they both have the throttle on the left side of the plane," he says, laughing.

In the microjet, Lewis says he turns around and sees the wings behind him, and above the clear canopy surrounds him. "It's like flying through the air with a jet engine pushing you forward. I've never had more fun."

But the microjet isn't just for any pilot. You need to be a proficient pilot with some high-performance experience, plus get training so you can fly safely and professionally, he says.

Since there is no two-seat trainer, Lewis has developed a standardized training program that not only trains new FLS microjet pilots, but also focuses on responsible flying, cockpit discipline, and proper decision-making.

The key to flying it is its new engine, Lewis says. "It's the brain...and it monitors everything for you."

While the microjet gained fame in the movie Octopussy when James Bond flew it through a building, Lewis doesn't think that's the reason for its popularity today.

"Just look at it," he says. "You think there is no way a person could fit in there. It is so unique. It's impossible for people to believe that anything that small could also have such high performance."

Lewis says he was humbled to bring this new technology to AirVenture.

"It's like coming back to your roots," he says. "It's a combination of my general aviation and military experience, and my familiarity with building airplanes that I got through EAA, that made this possible."

Lewis at a Glance

  • Lewis started flying lessons at 14, soloed at 16, and earned his private pilot certificate at 17.
  • He graduated in 1999 from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical studies, plus certificates in multi-engine commercial and flight instructing.
  • Lewis graduated from Navy flight school and was assigned to the F-14D Tomcat and in 2004 transitioned to the E-6B Mercury, a variant of the Boeing 707.
  • In 2007, he was assigned to train in the T-45 Goshawk. He did that for four years, including three years as active duty.
  • Since May 2011, Lewis has worked as an A-10 pilot with the 188th Fighter Wing in the Arkansas Air National Guard. His FLS microjet also made its debut performance in 2011 as part of Lewis & Clark Performances LLC.

FLS Microjet Specifications

  • Top speed: 320 mph
  • Weight: 416 pounds
  • Gross weight: 890 pounds
  • Wingspan: 17 feet
  • Length: 13 feet
  • Height: 5 feet 9 inches
  • Thrust: 265 pounds