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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Flying In: Making Your AirVenture Experience a Safe One

By Bob Mackey, senior vice president, EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

The final approach course for Runway 9

July 3, 2014 - Flying into the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration should be, well, the greatest aviation experience ever! For 99.9 percent of the pilots, flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is a safe and fun experience. Having been to Oshkosh many times over the years, I can tell you “stuff” can and does happen, but there are ways to avoid problems.

The EAA website has a lot of valuable information for pilots flying into and out of Wittman Regional Airport, and I strongly advise you read it. Here are some other personal observations and pointers I’ve accrued over the years.

Flight to Oshkosh

Are you ready? Is your airplane ready? If you are like many pilots you are not flying as much as you would like. For whatever reason you may not be exercising your pilot skills or your airplane enough and this can lead to bad pilot habits and possible mechanical issues.

First things first: Do you need a couple of hours dual with an instructor to sharpen your skills? Spending a few bucks brushing up with an instructor is one of the best forms of insurance you can buy.

Second, is your airplane up to snuff? You can certainly give your airplane a thorough inspection but why not have a mechanic give it the once-over? You don’t need a full-blown annual, just have an experienced mechanic check out your bird. Again, this can be a few dollars well spent.

Planning, planning, and planning. When was the last time you made a long, or even a short cross-country flight? Planning your route and overnight stays, if necessary, can make your trip safer. The last thing you need is to find out during your trip fuel isn’t available at one of your planned stops. That can lead to an unnecessary extra leg to another airport, stretching your fuel.

If you’re camping or plan to fill all the seats in your airplane, think about gross weight, weight and balance, and load shifting. When was the last time you flew you airplane at full or near full gross weight? Don’t forget weight and density altitude concerns with hot weather. If need be, look into shipping baggage and camping equipment ahead of time.

What about you? Flying can be stressful. I remember many years ago flying a Cessna 150 from Illinois to Florida in a single day. The trip wasn’t a 20-hour car trip, but when I got to my destination I was beat. Don’t let fatigue get to you. Plan your trip so when you arrive in Oshkosh you are sharp and on your flying game.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) released by the FAA about arrival/departure procedures for the event and read it thoroughly. My first flight into Oshkosh was only from Northern Illinois but it was very “interesting,” and that was in 1974. Make sure you study the NOTAM beforehand, and not when you are approaching FISKE to get in line for approach to KOSH.

Arriving at KOSH isn’t like landing at your home airport. The approach will have you following other airplanes and other airplanes will be following you. You will be rocking your wings to acknowledge ATC instructions, and you will very likely be flying approach speeds and altitudes that you may not normally fly.

One, fly your airplane. Two, keep your head outside your airplane. Three, do not get distracted. This is not the time for taking pictures or laughing it up with your passengers; in fact you should brief them so they know you are going to be concentrating on a safe arrival. Keep your wits about what you are doing and if for any reason you need to go around…do so!

Arrival at KOSH

Once you arrive, make sure you have the proper signs so the ground volunteers can safely direct you to the correct parking area. You can find details on ground signs on the EAA/AirVenture website. If you don’t have ground signs this will create unsafe situations for the ground volunteers, you, and your passengers, so read the information on www.eaa.org and have your ground signs ready once you have cleared the runway.

Just because you are on the ground doesn’t mean you can get lazy. Watch and follow the ground volunteers. Keep your head outside your airplane and watch for people, wingtips, and uneven ground. Also watch your prop wash. What’s behind you does matter!

Once you have your airplane parked, make double sure your airplane is totally secure starting with shutting off the master and the mags. Hot engines can kick over if someone grabs the prop. (Your engine could be really hot if the last leg of your trip was long and if you had a lower- and longer-than-normal approach and a long taxi.) Make sure no one tries to turn your prop so it looks nice straight up and down or flat side to side. Trust me the nice-looking prop can wait.

Next, secure your airplane. Control locks in place and properly tie down your airplane. By the way, do not show up with those spiral jobs from the pet store. Make sure you bring aircraft tiedowns and rope designed to properly tie down an aircraft. Seriously, you spent a bunch of money to own a nice airplane. Invest in proper aircraft tiedowns.

Whether you are going to be here for few days or a week, the last thing you want to happen is explain why your airplane is on top of the airplane next to yours because you did not properly tie down your aircraft with proper equipment. I’ve seen those conversations and they are not pleasant.

 The last point about being at AirVenture is to make sure you follow proper camping rules. The rules are there for everyone’s safety. So have fun wherever you park your airplane!

Headed for Home

Just like coming to AirVenture, going home is an undertaking that should not be taken lightly. Follow the points above to coming to Oshkosh and maybe add the following tips.

If you made any purchases, think about the extra weight, balance, and load shifting. If you can ship stuff home you might want to start with your dirty clothes, then go ahead and take you new purchases with you in the airplane.

Don’t be a “hot dog” on your departure. You are most likely not a fighter pilot or air show performer so don’t try and fly like one. Follow the departure procedures in the NOTAM to the letter and you will start your trip back home safely.

Oshkosh is the best of the best. There is nowhere in the world you and I would rather be. Let’s all get there safely, have fun, and fly back home safe and sound.

See you in Oshkosh!!!

 

Contact the aviation insurance professionals with the EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency at 866-647-4322 (4EAA), visit the EAA website or stop by the EAA Insurance Solutions tent in EAA Square at AirVenture to request a quote.

Bob Mackey is senior vice president of Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc. the official administers of the EAA Insurance Solutions. Bob has more than 35 years experience with aviation insurance and is a commercial and instrument rated pilot. If you would like to share any comments with Bob send him an e-mail.