Lack of Snow Prevents Skiplanes From Landing at Pioneer
January 17, 2013 - At EAA's annual Skiplane Fly-In this weekend, aviation enthusiasts were priming to celebrate three events: the unique flight segment of skiplane flying, kicking off the 60th anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association (January 26, 1953), and the January 24 birthday of EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad ...
The January thaw has taken away nearly all remnants of the "winter wonderland" needed for suitable skiplane landing conditions at Pioneer Airport. However, flight fanciers will still gather in the hangars at Pioneer Airport for activities associated with the 60th anniversary, with lots of hangar flying, hot chili, and birthday cake for Audrey.
A total of 52 pilots registered to participate - which would have been an all-time high for the event. Pilots who still wish to fly-in to the free event can still do so, but they will be required to land at Wittman Regional (KOSH). Both FBOs - Basler and Orion - will be standing by with shuttle service to Pioneer Airport.