Getting’ Ready for the Annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In
Preparations are in motion for EAA’s annual Skiplane Fly-In, scheduled for Saturday, January 23, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts are expected for a day of hangar flying, a fabulous Wisconsin chili lunch and - if the weather and snow conditions cooperate - watching potentially dozens of skiplanes take-off and land from a groomed snow runway.
Experiencing this unique kind of flying serves as the backdrop for this idyllic, mid-winter gathering, but there’s much more planned for the day. It’s also EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny’s birthday, so all are welcome to enjoy a piece of birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Audrey.
Another event highlight is the 57th anniversary of the very first Experimental Aircraft Association meeting, held January 24, 1953, at Wright Field (now Timmerman Airport) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Skiplane pilots wishing to fly into Pioneer must register and receive an arrival briefing by calling or e-mailing Sean Elliott (920-426-4886, firstname.lastname@example.org). Wheeled planes can land at Wittman Regional Airport, then take the ground shuttle to Pioneer from Basler and Orion FBOs.
The majority of skiplanes will arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) during the mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. In case the weather or snow conditions do not cooperate, other activities will continue as planned, with chili being served starting at about 10:30 a.m. until it’s gone.
The skiplane fly-in is free of charge to the public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.