EAA AirVenture Set For July 23-29


With Sun ‘n Fun and Aero now done for this year, it’s time for aviators to start planning for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, the summer’s biggest aviation event. The FAA Notam is now available for pilots planning to fly in to Wittman Regional Airport. The EAA website also features links to weather and fuel services, plus details about ground operations and special instructions for seaplanes, ultralights and international arrivals. This year, EAA will celebrate the military tanker fleet, exhibiting Air Force Reserve refueling aircraft, including theKC-46, KC-10, KC-135 andHC-130P/N. EAA also said it will impose new rules about access to the grounds July 19 to 22, when vendors and exhibitors are busy setting up.

“To improve safety, security, and mobility in these final hectic days,” EAA said, it has mapped out a new Restricted Area on the grounds. Access within that area will be limited to credentialed vehicles, vendors and exhibitors. Personal golf carts, scooters, bicycles and other such vehicles are also prohibited.More details about the access restrictions are posted at EAA’s website. It’s not too late to register to compete for EAA’s Innovation Prize, which is seeking a solution to loss of control in flight, the leading cause of fatal accidents in general aviation. Individuals and teams can enter through June 1. Five finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of expert judges during the show.