What Is EAA
If you want to enjoy a typical day at the
Convention, get your walking shoes on and dress casual
Brief History of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The gates open at 8 a.m., but
you'd better get there earlier ... you cant see it all in one day.
As you arrive, the number of people, size of the site and the rows and rows of magnificent
aircraft are simply overwhelming. If you were to walk past ... not down ... each row
of airplanes, you would cover 5.2 miles! Typically about 2,500 show aircraft
participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, including homebuilts, antiques, classics,
ultralights and rotorcraft.
The first thing to look at is airplanes on the
line. As an EAA member, you can inspect firsthand the craftsmanship and
design advancements that come from the hands and minds of EAA members. If you're
interested in a particular airplane chances are you'll find it in Oshkosh. As you walk
line you'll see many of the newsmakers and personalities who make the
world of aviation so exciting.
Traveling across AeroShell
Square, AirVenture's main display ramp, you might see
anything from the Spirit of St. Louis to a Stealth fighter.
Don't miss KidVenture! Since
landing at Wittman Regional Airport, KidVenture has attracted thousands of
participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and
fun—aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. After all, kids get
to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators, see aviation
legends tell their stories, ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, and so
is available in many places, sometimes in the shade of an airplane wing...
line it's on to the Forums
Area. During the week over 500 forums are
conducted by aviation leaders and NASA researchers, along with FAA personnel, aircraft
designers and a host of others.
After taking in a couple of forums, lets
visit the Exhibit Buildings. Just about everything available in aviation is there.
Instruments, avionics, insurance, aircraft parts . . . the list goes on and on. Over
exhibitors participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Want to learn how to fly? Then stop and
visit the NAFI Pavilion. You'll meet some of the nations top flight instructors who
will provide their advice on how to get started in flying or upgrade your ratings. It's
not as difficult as you might think.
The EAA Chapter House introduces you to over 1000
Local Chapters worldwide. There's bound to be one in your area . . . if not, they'll help
you start one. Chapters provide the opportunity to meet people who have the same aviation
interests that you have. Its a great way to whet your aviation appetite.
Then comes one of the most
eagerly-anticipated highlights of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh . . . the
Afternoon Air Show...
It starts off with showcase
flying. Many unique aircraft, from early air racers to historical airplanes,
participate. That's followed by the finest air show you will see anywhere. Top performers
such as Sean Tucker, Patty Wagstaff and others take part in a nearly
three-hour spectacular. The sun is setting, but the action is just
beginning. Now its time to visit the Theater in the
Woods. Each night over
4,000 people enjoy superb aviation programs and entertainment. Typical programs may
feature NASA astronauts, top test pilots and world-famous aviation personalities.
EAA AirVenture is a 24-hour event. And after a
few hours of sound sleep it starts all over again. Yes, its been a great day
at Oshkosh ... the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.