February 27, 2014
- When attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 this summer, enter the ultralight area at your own risk; you're likely to encounter fun in Oshkosh's Fun Fly Zone!
Plans are progressing full steam ahead in the ultralight area with an emphasis on participation, hands-on learning, flight demonstrations of unique flying machines, and much more. Visitors will be immersed in everything this fun-based aviation segment has to offer.
"This year is shaping up as one of the most action-packed, fun-filled conventions in many years," said EAA's Timm Bogenhagen, ultralight and light plane community manager. "With the many improvements to the area made last year, it's easier to get there and move around to see all the action taking place."
Along with ultralights, the Fun Fly Zone is convention home to light planes, powered parachutes and trikes, hot-air balloons, homebuilt rotorcraft, and light-sport aircraft (LSA). Plans are being made to commemorate this year's 10th anniversary of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations. The Fun Fly Zone is also the only place you'll be able to see regular flights of the emerging category of electric powered aircraft.
The Fun Fly Zone ultralight runway is where you can get up close to the many daily aircraft operations, including morning and evening ultralight flying, homebuilt rotorcraft flights, as well as several scheduled special flight activities like the Valdez STOL demonstrations on Friday evening, August 1, and an early Saturday morning balloon launch. Balloons will also conduct tethered operations at other times during the week.
On Saturday morning, the ultralight area will become a Fun Run Zone with the start and finish of AirVenture's popular Runway 5K run.
Knowledge will also be on display throughout the week as dozens of vendors display their wares in the special exhibitor's area. Visitors can learn more about fun flying at numerous hands-on workshops and forums in the presentations area.
The Fun Fly Zone will also have special parking areas for all types of featured aircraft, along with under-the-wing camping. Ultralight chapters will have a specially designated area to meet and promote their unique activities.
The Ultralight Barn will continue to serve as Fun Fly Zone headquarters where members can register to camp, shop for AirVenture ultralight merchandise, obtain technical information, and more services.
There's much more in store, so stay tuned for more announcements as they're confirmed.