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EAA Skiplane Fly-In Set for January 19

 

Skiplane Fly-In
The EAA Skiplane Fly-In drew 33 aircraft and hundreds of participants in 2012.

January 3, 2013 - Plans are in full swing for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, coming up in just two weeks, on Saturday, January 19, at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.

This special winter event actually celebrates three important occasions: the unique flight segment of skiplane flying, the anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association on January 26, 1953, at Wright Field (now Timmerman Airport) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and this year is EAA's 60th anniversary!), and finally, the January 24 birthday of EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m. Most skiplanes arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. In the event weather or snow conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport, several other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and birthday cake for Audrey served beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last year's event drew a total of 33 skiplanes and we're well on our way to meet or exceed that total this year. Pilots who would like to participate are required to receive approval by contacting Margaret Viola at mviola@eaa.org or by calling 920-426-6840. Pilots will receive a briefing packet in mid-January for arrival and departure procedures. Skiplane operations at Pioneer depend on snow conditions, so we'll make the determination of Pioneer's runway viability on Thursday, January 17.

Admission to attend the skiplane fly-in is free of charge. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Shuttle services will also operate from Basler Flight Service and Orion Flight Services for those landing at Wittman Regional Airport.

We welcome non-fliers to join us as well; enter through the museum parking lot and look for signage directing you to parking near Pioneer Airport.

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