Due to expansion of aircraft parking at the south end of Wittman Regional Airport, the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft flight pattern for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been slightly altered for 2023. The changes will create a more standard pattern for those using the Fun Fly Zone airstrip, home for ultralights, homebuilt rotorcraft, light planes, balloons, and the Twilight Flight Fest.
The new pattern will maintain its parallel course with County Highway N, but will then make a northeast turn toward the airport and Wittman Road. That replaces the hard north turn followed by an east turn prior to reaching Wittman Road. The remainder of the pattern will remain the same.
The change was made to create an additional safety margin, as expanded South 40 aircraft parking has been established in a previously unoccupied area in the southwest sector of the airport. More information on this ultralight pattern change will be part of this year’s FAA NOTICE to Air Missions (NOTAM) for AirVenture that will be released later this spring. EAA will also be supplying other pilot resources for full understanding of the new pattern in advance of AirVenture 2023, including a webinar to be held in June.