The procedure to fly into the AirVenture ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway is published in the FAA issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). If you plan to fly into AirVenture you must obtain and possess a copy of the current NOTAM and follow the procedures outlined in the NOTAM. Page 19 of the NOTAM describes procedures to fly into the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway.
In addition to the FAA issued NOTAM the following overview with pictures will be helpful in understanding the pattern and arrival/departure procedures.
Note: After you have arrived and prior to flying in the pattern, you must attend daily briefings.
The following guidelines list the appropriate types of aircraft permitted to fly into, out of, or operate at, the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway area.
(Special consideration may be given to Fun Fly Zone exhibitor’s aircraft.)
- Part 103 ultralights, light-planes and homebuilt rotorcraft certificated as E-AB, E-LSA, and S-LSA that can safely operate from the runway.
- N-numbered aircraft should not exceed the light-sport definition per FAR Part 1.1 for weight, speeds, etc.
- Should not be a type certificated Vintage aircraft such as a Cub, Champ, etc.
- Should not be a traditional homebuilt design such as a Pietenpol, etc.
This ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway is intended for aircraft that have short takeoff and landing characteristics. Pilots in command are responsible for determining if they and their aircraft are capable of safe operation from this short obstructed grass runway prior to initial arrival. The runway has numerous obstructions on approach and departure ends going either direction. The runway has an uphill grade to the Northwest and a downhill grade to the Southeast. In either direction, the landing length beyond the displaced landing threshold is only 900 feet. All aircraft operating from the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway must have competed all aspects of any test flight activity and be in a condition for safe operation while operating at AirVenture. All pilots flying into, out of or operating at the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft runway must comply with any applicable FAA regulations for themselves and their aircraft.
The minimum age is 16 years old to fly an ultralight off the Fun Fly Zone grass runway. Anyone younger than 16 can request to fly with parental approval, their flight(s) must be approved by the Director of Airshow Operations; subject to evaluation and recommendation by someone designated by the Director of Airshow Operations.