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AirVenture Update for Canadians
By Jeff Seaborn, Chair, EAA Canada Council
April 2021 – EAA is deep in the planning and preparation for AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. AirVenture will happen, with some changes to allow for social distancing and COVID-19 precautions. Exhibitors and air show performers are booking, and volunteers are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to swarm the airfield to prepare for this year's crowd. The biggest unknown for Canadians is whether the border restrictions will still be in force. Your EAA Canadian Council is preparing as though the border restrictions will be relaxed and that the Canadian presence will be as strong as ever.
Remembering the Snowbirds' visit in 2019.
EAA has created an AirVenture COVID-19 information page on its website. It is updated with the latest news and is available at EAA.org/COVID. The webpage has a FAQ section with the most common questions relating to COVID-19 and AirVenture.
As part of the social distancing and COVID-prevention efforts, adjustments have been made to indoor Exhibit Hangars A, B, C, and D. These changes allow for wider aisles and better ventilation in these hangars. To provide extra space, EAA has repurposed three of the air-conditioned tents in Aviation Gateway Park for additional indoor exhibit space. This is planned for 2021 only. Those tents will be known in descriptions and maps as Exhibit Hangars E, F, and G. A fourth tent will house a combined career and education center.
If Canadian vaccination programs go well and the pandemic dies down significantly, we can all be hopeful that the border will open. Hope is what we have right now, but we have plenty of that. See you at AirVenture?