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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Around the Field

By Jack Hodgson

Former air rescue pilot Les Schneider and his boys Andre and Troy.

August 2, 2014 - Les Schneider is a 75-year-old pilot from Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s attending his first AirVenture.

"It's been one of my bucket-list things. And my son decided to bring me here for my 75th birthday present."

What’s he think so far?

"It is overwhelming. I mean I've heard about it, but you can't understand what it's like until you're here and walk around."

Les is here with two of his children, his 30-year-old son Andre, and his 13-year-old son Troy.

Les has been in aviation for most of his life. He spent six years as a U.S. Air Force rescue pilot back in the '60s. He flew rescue missions aboard C-130 aircraft in the Okinawa region, and he served in Vietnam.

During his time in the Air Force, Les performed all sorts of important rescue missions, but in the spring of 1966, it all went to a new level.

 “One of our primary functions in rescue, any time there was a space capsule in orbit, we would be on standby at different places around the world, in case of a contingency landing.

“Up till this point that had never happened.”

“I was sent to stage in Okinawa with my crew. We were on alert in case something happened with Gemini 8.”

“Gemini 8 had Neil Armstrong and Colonel David Scott. They were practicing docking maneuvers.”

But there was a very serious problem. And the astronauts needed to come down early.

"We only went on duty at 7:00 a.m.,” says Les. “At 7:20 the Klaxon horn went off.”

“At first we thought it was just a drill. To get us out to the airplane, then back in for another boring day on alert.”

Well that wasn't the case.

 “We got in the airplane, cranked it up and headed to the runway. They're feeding us the splashdown area, the time, the coordinates.

“We took off, hardly believing that it was really happening. I asked my navigator for a heading, he said, ‘Just head east, it's all I got right now.’ Well, it turned out he put us right on the spot.”

Les and his crew were on the scene, and the whole world was watching.

The returning spacecraft went into its normal radio blackout period, and no one was certain when, or even if, it would make it down.

Radar from the approaching rescue ship picked up the spacecraft, and radioed the position to Les’s plane.

"It looked like we were gonna be right underneath the capsule,” says Les. “So I did a 90-270 turn, and as soon as I rolled wings level, there was the capsule on my nose. Level with me at 9500 feet. It was so close.”

His plane was less than 200 yards from the descending chutes.

"We were hooked directly into NASA. I hit my transmit button and I yelled, ‘I got it!' That went straight back to them. That was the first time they knew—and all the media and everybody else—that it had made it through the reentry.

"I put the capsule on my left wing, and I went into an emergency descent, a spiral to stay with it.”

After the spacecraft hit the water, Les and his crew began dropping rescue swimmers.

"I had three pararescue men. I dropped one on each pass. After they got safely in the water by the capsule, then I had to go by and drop the flotation collar.”

After securing the spacecraft and its passengers, Les and his crew remained over the spacecraft until the destroyer U.S.S. Leonard F. Mason arrived to recover the astronauts.

"It was nine hours from start to finish," he says.

"It was exciting. We had a very young crew. When you're in the middle of a mission, you're concentrating on the mission. But when we got back to Okinawa we sat down and took a big deep breath and thought about what had happened.”

 “We were all young guys. I was 26, my copilot was 25. One of the pararescue guys that jumped was 19 years old, on his first mission. It was a young crew that all of a sudden got handed a lot of responsibility. They all came through. It all worked right."

After his service Les went to work for an airline where he flew Boeing 707s, 727s, the MD-80 and the DC-9.

He retired from airline flying after 30 years, had a brief stint working for the FAA, and then went to work for FlightSafety. He was part of a team that started a program in St. Louis to train pilots in the Embraer 170/190.

That was 10 years ago. Les is 75 and he’s not slowing down.

"I will probably never retire."


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