Less Than Three Months Before The Big Show

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You know spring is here when the AirVenture NOTAM is published. The bible for those planning on flying to the world's biggest fly-in (July 24-30) is a must-read for everyone making the trip by air -- even if they've done it a dozen times before. Chances are, if you're reading this you'll simply download the online version but hard-copy pamphlets are available for free, also. Since channeling thousands of aircraft, ranging from gyrocopters to airliners, into a single airport in a compressed time period is an evolving art, there are always a few changes to the procedures and this year is no exception. A new VFR holding pattern has been established over Green Lake, there's a displaced threshold on Runway 27 and the airport will be closed a half-hour earlier than in previous years for the air show. NORDO arrivals are restricted to 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily.