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Ground Access Rules for AirVenture 2019
June 20, 2019 - The growth of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is tremendous, but it’s led to some logistical challenges. Due to the unique nature of the event, final AirVenture prep work is taking place while thousands of people are arriving on the grounds with their airplanes, motor homes, and other camping equipment. To improve safety, security, and mobility in these final hectic days before AirVenture opening day, the policies put in place leading up to AirVenture 2018 will continue to be in effect for AirVenture 2019. These procedures will be in place from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21.
Grounds Access: Entry will be allowed to credentialed vehicles only through Gates 33 (Waukau Avenue) and 26 (Knapp Street Rd./Theater in the Woods). Other vehicle gates will be closed. Non-credentialed vehicles are not allowed on the grounds, the same as during AirVenture week. Personal golf carts, scooters, bicycles, and other such vehicles are also prohibited. The restricted area (shown on map) will be enforced in order to ensure safety for everyone involved as AirVenture preparation is underway.
Exhibitors and vendors within the restricted area will receive special pre-event lanyard credentials. While early AirVenture attendees — such as those arriving with their aircraft — will not require wristbands until Sunday, July 21, they are asked to avoid entering the restricted area. Non-credentialed volunteers will be allowed onto the grounds only to pick up credential packets from their chairmen. EAA security will be present in the restricted area. Non-credentialed vehicles will be turned away or asked to leave.
Exhibit Hangar Access: Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, there will be strict enforcement of access to Exhibit Hangars A-D. Only credentialed exhibitors and vendors are allowed during open hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on those days.
Aviation Gateway Park Access: From Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, there will be strict enforcement of access to Aviation Gateway Park exhibit facilities such as the Innovation Showcase, EAA Urban Air Mobility Showcase, and Education/Career Center. Access is limited to credentialed exhibitors and vendors, and only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. sharp, doors will be locked.
Outdoor Exhibit Access: Outdoor exhibits are not open until Monday, July 22. Visitors on the grounds before that time are asked to give space to allow exhibitors to finish setting up their areas and to exercise caution anywhere around the outdoor exhibit areas due to the presence of equipment used to prepare the areas for the fun hustle and bustle of AirVenture.
Thank you for your cooperation! This policy is undertaken with safety foremost in mind. There is a tremendous amount of work that must be completed in the final days before AirVenture opens, and we want to give our staff, volunteers, exhibitors, and vendors every opportunity to safely and effectively prepare for the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.