Fuel-Conscious Ways To Oshkosh

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More then ever before, drivers and pilots are affected by the steeply rising fuel costs. But the folks at the EAA have a plan. Actually, they have numerous plans that can make the trip to Oshkosh for both drivers and flyers more economical. To help share travel costs to and from the show the EAA has a program called RideShare. Through the website visitors can either advertise empty seats in their car or plane, or search for local travelers who are willing to offer a lift. This five-year-old program was formed due to members request and is getting more interest than ever this year. To help further alleviate costs, many FBOs across the country are offering fuel discounts for travelers flying to Oshkosh. "We encourage pilots to support these businesses that support EAA members and EAA AirVenture," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. The exact discount varies, but can each be found by contacting the individual FBO. For those that prefer to fly in via airline, discounts are available for those flying on Midwest Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Midwest offers an 8% discount and Northwest a 5% discount to published fares.

As far as attendance figures goes, the EAA feels optimistic. "We have a higher number of exhibitors registered this year and early camping arrivals are similar to past years." said Dick Knapinski, EAA Media & Public Relations. "Most of the people we've talked with indicate that they will find ways to economize elsewhere so they can make that big trip to Oshkosh."