AirVenture Grounds Projects Lining Up
Even in the middle of winter, grounds work and planning for AirVenture are in full gear. There are plenty of projects that are based on suggestions from Oshkosh visitors and volunteers. Some are facilities while others supply or support amenities on the grounds.
Among the projects currently moving forward or in detailed planning:
Airport Perimeter Roads/Fences
This is a Wittman Regional Airport project that was mandated in part by the Transportation Security Administration. EAA worked with the airport to ensure the project would also improve access, safety, and convenience in several areas on the AirVenture grounds. This is a big win for EAA, as the airport agreed to work with us to make sure the impact on the AirVenture grounds and attendees were at a minimum, while also creating some additional benefits for those who work at and attend AirVenture. Credit goes to airport officials and EAA staff and volunteers who had input on this project and made it a winner for everyone.
The upgrades include a federally required 10-foot fence and service road for safer operations on the convention grounds' south end. In 2013, that new fence will be present on the east side of Runway 18/36, County Highway N on the airport's south side, and along Knapp Street Road adjacent to the airport's southernmost aircraft parking area (commonly known as North Fond du Lac). The fence line will run on the west side of the ultralight area and north along Knapp Street Road to Theater in the Woods.
The airport agreed to place the new fence along Knapp Street Road instead of cutting through areas near Theater in the Woods and the north end of vintage parking. It keeps the AirVenture site intact while also establishing a pedestrian walkway outside of the fence along Knapp Street Road.
The perimeter road will create new means of access to the convention grounds for attendees and exhibitors. It will also allow greater access to the Vintage area by fuel trucks, trams and pedestrians. Also included will be a new loop for shuttles and a pick-up point for the EAA Seaplane Baser shuttle. Additional trees are being planted to replace those that were felled for the airport project.
There's an unexpected bonus from that project for those who camp on the west end of Camp Scholler. Instead of trucking the soil off-site, it was used to build a seven-foot-high, sound-deflecting berm between the west edge of Camp Scholler and Poberezny Road that runs for 1,200 feet. It will help reduce traffic noise from Highway 41.
The North 40 Registration and Admissions building will be relocated to the east, allowing for a safe and direct access into the Warbirds area and giving the attendee a greater sense of arrival on the grounds.
Current location and entrance is a safety hazard with traffic congestion from vehicles, busses, bikes and people. Adjustments are required within the Warbirds area due to the movement of the North Gate, which are in process at this time.
A permanent facility is earmarked to be installed south of Phillips 66 Plaza to provide upgraded facilities for the members. This project will reduce the need for 65 portable toilets and a restroom trailer. Final details will be in place in the next few weeks.
South 40 Shower
We are working with Waste Management on the trailer's condition, but EAA will make improvements to the outside landscape to block and enhance the entrance/exit ways. That will ensure that user don't walk directly into traffic when exiting the building while also cutting down dust in the area.
Camp Scholler Entertainment (Phase 1)
Waste Management operations are currently in the middle of Camp Scholler, creating unsafe conditions with increased truck traffic in a tight location. A new service compound will be constructed to the south end of the property, out past the U-Lot area. The current Camp Scholler area used by Waste Management will be vacant for AirVenture 2013 as we prepare the area for future development.
As funding develops, the current site will be made into an evening entertainment area with music, activities and food that will tie into the Fly-In Theater.
This spring, additional campsites with electrical service will be installed adjacent to the current ones at Lindbergh and Stits Avenues, towards the west side of Camp Scholler. These sites were in great demand this past year, as all 252 current sites sold out for the entire event on the Thursday prior to AirVenture's opening day.