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The Aeroshell Aerobatic team performs at EAA AirVenture 2007. Opens the start of the week-long airshow along with the Liberty Parachute Team.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (formerly The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In) is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), an international organization based in Oshkosh, the airshow is the largest of its kind in the country. The show lasts a week, typically beginning on the last Monday in July. During the gathering, the airport's control tower is the busiest control tower in the world .[1] The next gathering is scheduled for July 28-August 3, 2014.

History[edit]

EAA was founded in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an organization for those building or restoring recreational aircraft. Although Homebuilding is still a large part of the organization's activities, they have grown over the years to include almost every aspect of recreational aviation and aeronautics.

The first EAA fly-in was held in 1953, in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. In 1959, the EAA fly-in moved to Rockford, Illinois. In 1970, when it outgrew its facilities at the Rockford airport, it moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For many years the official name of the event was The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In. In 1998, the name was changed to AirVenture Oshkosh, but many regular attendees still refer to it as The Oshkosh Airshow or just Oshkosh.

For many years, access to the flight line was restricted to EAA members; this restriction was lifted in the late 1990s, when visitors to the airshow paid for membership up front.

Today, EAA AirVenture holds nearly 1,000 forums and workshops.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh highlights[edit]

The British Aerospace / McDonnell Douglas Harrier AV-8B, a Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (VTOL/STOVL) military fighter aircraft made appearances in 1986, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011.

Concorde made regular appearances during its scheduled operations, beginning in 1985 and also appearing in 1988, 1990, 1994 and 1998. The crews of the Concorde returned in 2009.

During their 1986 North-American tour, the Italian aerobatic display team Frecce Tricolori performed in Oshkosh. In 1987 Burt Rutan's Rutan Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world without refueling, made its final appearance before its record setting flight.

The F-117 Nighthawk "stealth fighter" appeared at the airshow in 1991, shortly after the Gulf War. The plane was roped off and the cockpit was concealed to hide sensitive equipment in its interior.

Among other unique airplanes that have recently appeared at Oshkosh were the Airbus "Beluga" in 2003, the F-22 Raptor in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the V-22 Osprey in 2008 and 2010, NASA's Super Guppy in 2000, the B-2 Spirit in 2007, the C-5 Galaxy in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 the Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter in 2008, the Airbus A380 in 2009, the Erickson Air-Crane in 2009 and 2010, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner also made an appearance in 2011.

In 1994, a unique gathering at the event featured 15 of the 25 then-surviving Apollo astronauts, including the complete crews of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins) and Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders).

In 1997 (celebrating the 50th anniversary of an independent US Air Force), the SR-71 Blackbird performed a fly-over. This was supposed to be supersonic, but due to a fuel leak, the aircraft made an emergency landing in Milwaukee. The first pass featured a simulated in-flight refuelling with a KC-135T, from 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base.

Also featured in 1997, 2007, and 2008 was a Lockheed U-2 spy plane.

In 2003, the Wright Flyer was a highlight, and a replica designed to fly on the 100th Anniversary of the first flight was granted its flying certification by the Federal Aviation Administration during the show. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 were unveiled there,[2] and a physical Wright Flyer mock-up combined with Microsoft's software on a display in front of the pilot (a member of the attending public) was a popular attraction.

In 2005, SpaceShipOne made its only public appearance before being taken to the Smithsonian. Also flying at the show was GlobalFlyer, which had made its record around the world flight in the same year.

2008[edit]

The Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter", designed to airlift Boeing main assemblies, made its first visit to the event. It was open for tours, and performed flight demonstrations during the airshow. Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Goodyear Blimp made appearances. Glenn Martin demonstrated a personal jetpack, during a test flight called the Martin Jetpack. There were few jetpack manufacturers at the time of the test flight.[3] Rocket Racing League debuted a racing league that plans to use rocket-powered aircraft to race a closed-circuit air racetrack.[4] 2008 also marked the unveiling of the Icon Aircraft, the Icon A5, which is a high-wing amphibious light sport aircraft.[5] Cessna for the first time brought its newest model the Cessna 162 Skycatcher, a side-by-side two-seat, high-wing, strut-braced, tricycle gear light sport aircraft. Cirrus' newest prototype, Cirrus Vision SF50, a single-engine, low-wing, seven-seat, very light jet made its public debut. The Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-C made its first trip. It is an American experimental electric aircraft that is designed by Randall Fishman and produced by his company Electric Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft features a cantilever low-wing, single-seat enclosed cockpit with a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear and a converted Monnett Moni motor glider.[6] Remos unveiled its latest model, Remos GX, a high wing, two seat, single engine light sport aircraft, built in Germany. Austro Engine an Austrian company debuted an all new engine. The Austro Engine 300 is a liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder, four-stroke, diesel piston aircraft engine that is primarily used for Diamond Aircraft.[7] Lycoming Engines announced the launch of the Lycoming IO-233-LSA which is a certified four-cylinder, direct drive, aircraft piston engine that produces between 100–116 hp.[8] Rolls-Royce announced the launch of the RR500TP, turboprop variant that is intended for use in small aircraft with 450 shp.[9]

2009[edit]

In 2009, the Airbus A380 visited the event and made its inaugural showing at a North American airshow. It was open for tours, and performed flight demonstrations during the airshow. Upon arrival, it made a hard landing, causing the wings to flex significantly. It is the largest aircraft to ever visit the event.[10][11] WhiteKnightTwo Virgin Mothership Eve made its first public appearance by flying four times at the event.[12] Predator B MQ-9 Reaper U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aerial vehicle made its first trip.[13] Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles talked about their experiences of US Airways Flight 1549, who successfully completed an emergency landing in the Hudson River.[14] German World War II fighter ace Gunther Rall who shot down 275 planes talked about his incredible life.[15] Flightstar e-Spyder and Erickson Air-Crane S-64F "Elvis" made its first appearance.[16][17] 2009 also marked the unveiling of a new jet manufactured by Sonex called the SubSonex JSX-1.[18] Mark Erickson, designer and builder of the Dakota Cub Super 18 received type certificate from the FAA.[19] Garmin received supplemental type certificate for the G500 PFD/MFD models.[20] RotorWay International unveiled the new Eagle 300T turbine helicopter.[21] Yuneec International debuted its newest aircraft the Yuneec International E430, a two-seat electric light sport aircraft.[22] Tecnam introduced its newest aircraft the Tecnam P2006T to the U.S. market. It is a high-wing, all-metal four-seat light twin aircraft.[23] Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-X made its first appearance. It is an American kit and light-sport electric aircraft, designed by Randall Fishman and produced by his company Electric Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft features a cantilever low-wing, two-seats, enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single electric engine in tractor configuration.[24] The Brown Arch, which is the traditional entryway to the flighline received a makeover with a tribute area that includes paving bricks available for purchase.[25] The new main gate features two Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress engine-and-propeller sculptures.[26] AirVenture's Aviation Learning Center debuted which you can learn about affordable flying, fuel education and electric power for aircraft.[27] Young Eagles unveiled a new program called "International Young Eagles Day," a day set aside to encourage all EAA members and Chapters to participate which is held on the second Saturday of June annually.[28]

2010[edit]

2010 was known as "Sploshkosh." Rain from the weeks leading up to the airshow proved too much for the camping grounds to handle. Throughout the campsites and parking areas, massive puddles and muddy grounds caused vehicles of all sizes to get stuck. Large motor homes were not allowed into the camping area because they would simply get stuck; instead, they were sent to parking lots around the Oshkosh area. During the airshow, no airplanes were parked on North 40 because of these wet conditions. EAA celebrated the 75th Anniversaries of the Douglas DC-3 and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.[29][30] Erickson Air-Crane returned and brought its S-64F "Goliath." The Goodyear Blimp and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey also returned. Jack Roush crashed his Hawker BeechcraftPremier IA while maneuvering to land on runway 18R. Roush suffered severe facial injuries that resulted in the loss of an eye. His passenger was only slightly hurt.[31] Art Nalls, who flies the only privately owned British Aerospace Sea Harrier, registered N94422 came to the event.[32] Jonathan R. Trappe flew his cluster balloon at the event.[33] Sonex unveiled the Onex, a single-seat, low-wing aircraft with foldable wings.[34] Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center brought the I-Fly Maverick for the first time.[35] Kestrel debuted its newest aircraft the Kestrel JP10, a high-performance single turboprop-engined all-composite six-seater.[36] OMA SUD debuted its newest line to the market, the OMA SUD Skycar, a five-seat twin piston-engine pusher configuration monoplane.[37] Cobalt unveiled the Cobalt Co50, a five-place, all-composite aircraft that incorporates a canard and split vertical stabilizers in the design, and a pusher engine configuration with retractable landing gear.[38] Sikorsky Aircraft brought its newest model the Sikorsky Firefly, an all-electric helicopter. The Firefly is a modified Sikorsky S-300C helicopter with its engine replaced by an electric motor and two lithium-ion battery packs. The helicopter can hold only the pilot, operate for 12–15 minutes and has a top speed of 80 knots.[39] Plane Driven PD-1 made its public debut. Plane Driven PD-1 is a modification to the Glasair Sportsman GS-2 to convert it into a practical roadable aircraft. It is designed by Trey Johnson and manufactured by Plane Driven and Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft.[40] GippsAero received FAA type certificate for the Airvan GA8 TC-320.[41] Scotts Miracle-Gro improved the Warbirds area which now includes a new pad expansion, landscaping, and a Veterans Memorial.[42] EAA AirVenture Oshkosh held their first ever night airshow.[43]

2011[edit]

All week long during the 2011 convention, they celebrated the 100th year of Naval Aviation and Airmail. They also gave tributes to retired test pilot and airshow great, Bob Hoover and recently retired aerospace engineer, Burt Rutan during the week.[44][45] It marked the largest and most diverse gathering of Burt Rutan-designed aircraft. It included Rutan's popular Boomerang, Catbird, V-Jet II and Starship. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner visited the event and made its inaugural showing at a North American airshow and it was open for tours.[46] The last flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi" owned by the Commemorative Air Force made its return to the event since 1995.[47] The world's largest flying Farmers Airship, a Zeppelin NT owned and operated by Airship Ventures made its first appearance by giving rides.[48]

A General Dynamics F-16C Block 30H Fighting Falcon, 87-296, c/n 5C-557, of the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, flying out of Montgomery Air National Guard Base, overruns the runway. The nose gear collapsed, the nose radome broke and the air-frame skidded to a stop. The pilot was uninjured.[49][50] An amateur-built Gottschalk John 1 “Dominator” gyroplane sustained substantial damage when it landed hard after losing lift during takeoff from runway 33 at the grass Ultralight Airstrip. The pilot was uninjured.[51]

Sikorsky X2, the fastest helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft made its visit to the event.[52] Tecnam's Tecnam P2010 a four seat, high wing, single engine light aircraft of mixed metal and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer construction made its U.S. debut.[53] Pipistrel brought the Pipistrel Taurus G4.[54] Ultraflight Lazair designer Dale Kramer introduced an experimental electric-powered Lazair on an amphibious mono-float, with outrigger floats.[55] Flight Design brought its full-sized exterior mock-up for the first time to the event the Flight Design C4, a four seat, high-wing, single engine light aircraft.[56] Dallair Aeronautica in Italy debuted its newest line of aircraft to the American market, the Dallair Aeronautica FR-100 Snap!, a LSA aerobatic airplane. Germany's Autogyro Cavalon makes its U.S. debut. Kolb brought its newest model to show, Kolb Firestar 2 SS.[57] The original prototype of the all-metal UltraCruiser ultralight designed, built, and flown by Morry Hummel made its first cross-country flight to the event.[58] UltraCruiser Ultralight First Cross-Country Flight to AirVenture Evektor debuted its newest aircraft the Evektor EV-55 Outback, a high-wing, twin-engine, turboprop airplane used for transportation. Piper PA-61P Aerostar visited the event and made its public debut.[59] A nearly completed replica of the Bugatti Model 100P was on display at the Welcome Center.[60]

Avidyne unveiled its new model the IFD540.[61] French propeller manufacturer, Duc Helice propeller made its first visit to the event. ConocoPhillips reached a multi-year agreement to be the sponsor of AirVenture’s West Ramp, formerly known as AeroShell Square.[62] Helicopter Association International's new Heli Center debuted. It features helicopter-related exhibitors highlighting their products and services to attendees, aiming to re-introduce many fixed-wing fans to the helicopter.[63] The night airshow was once again a major hit after debuting in 2010.

2012[edit]

2012 marked the 60th anniversary of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration in which they gave tributes to the Greatest Generation in the Air honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and the Doolittle Raiders. In attendance were Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, Col. Charles McGee, Maj. George Boyd, Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" Ashby, Lt. Col. Harry Stewart, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, Lt. Col. Washington Ross, Lt. Col. Harold Brown, Lt. Col. William Thompson and Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., the only Naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor in the Korean War. They also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub & Wittman Buttercup, 50th anniversary of the Bowers Fly Baby & Dyke JD-2 Delta, 40th anniversary of Van's Aircraft, 30th anniversary of Part 103, 20th anniversary of the recovery of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning named "Glacier Girl".[64][65][66][67][68] Richard VanGrunsven donated the original Van's RV-1 to the EAA AirVenture Museum. Van's Aircraft debuted its newest aircraft, Van's RV-14, an American aerobatic kit aircraft similar to the Van's RV-10.[69] The last flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi" owned by the Commemorative Air Force returned. It was open for tours and for the first time ever at AirVenture gave rides.[70] McDonnell Douglas DC-10 "ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital" owned by ORBIS International made its return to the event since 2003.[71] Junkers Ju 52, a German trimotor transport aircraft made its first visit to the event and the Goodyear Blimp returned.[72] Warbird Warriors Foundation brought the Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon named "Attu Warrior" and Collings Foundation brought a rare flyable North American A-36A Apache to the event for the first time.[73][74] EAA unveiled a new program called "Eagle Flights," which will offer free rides for adults.[75] The Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) is an American aviation advocacy association that was formed in July 2012 and formally constituted at the event. The AKIA's first officers include: President Dick VanGrunsven, Vice President John Monnett and Secretary Dave Gustafson.[76]

Chip Yates, designer and builder of the all-electric, record-breaking 202.6 mph Long-ESA, a modified Burt Rutan Long-EZ to the event for the first time. German company E-volo made its world debut of its E-volo VC2, a single place experimental electric multirotor helicopter.[77] Just Aircraft debuted its newest aircraft, the Escapde, which has an STOL Wing, Oleo Strut landing gear equipped with Tundra Tires. LISA Airplanes debuted the LISA Akoya to the American market. It is a French single engine light aircraft, seating side-by-side configuration amphibian capable of alighting on land, water or snow without adaptation.[78] SAM Aircraft unveiled the Haim Sam LS, classic-looking tandem, low-wing standard or tricycle gear monoplane.[79] ArrowCopter USA announced the ArrowCopter AC10 autogyro kit to the American market.[80] American Champion unveiled the American Champion Xtreme, powered by a 210 hp Lycoming AEIO-390-A1B6 engine. Magnaghi Aeronautica in Italy introduced the Sky Arrow LSA and Sky Arrow AWP-ONE to the market.[81] Pipistrel introduced the Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, a Slovenia light-sport aircraft intended specifically for flight training.[82] OMA SUD debuted its newest line to the market, the OMA SUD Redbird, two seat, composite, low-wing LSA.[83] DAHER-SOCATA announced that SOCATA TBM 850 Elite earned certification.[84]

Cessna unveiled the diesel-powered Turbo Skylane JT-A, which replaces the avgas-powered Turbo 182 for the Cessna 182 Skylane.[85] Cessna also unveiled the Cessna Grand Caravan EX which is powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140.[86] Wipaire rolled out its newest product, Wipline 1450 LSA amphibious floats.[87] Eclipse Aerospace donated a custom-painted Eclipse 500 to the Veteran’s Airlift Command.[88] Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy donated Aeronca Super Chief 65CA to the EAA AirVenture Museum.[89]

Garmin introduced a series of new products GDL 88, GDL 39 and GWX70.[90] Appareo Systems brought the Stratus, a portable in-flight weather receiver for ForeFlight. Avidyne introduced the AXP340 Mode S Transponder with Extended Squitter, IFD540 & IFD440 Touch Screen FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs.[91][92] Dynon introduced the D1 Pocket Panel Portable EFIS.[93] Aspen Avionics Connected Panel received TSO approval.[94] PAT Avionics debuted its G-HULP HUD technology.[95] Bendix/King reveled myWingMan application and KMA 30 aircraft audio control system.[96] Sennheiser introduced the S1 Passive headset.[97] Rotax brought its newest engine the Rotax 912 iS. It received ASTM certification .[98] GE Aviation launched two derivative engines H75 and H85 turboprop engines.[99] Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments made its AirVenture debut, with its 12-cylinder, 500-hp, diesel-engine, A03. Chinese aviation officials opened the Chinese AirVenture Pavilion.[100] ConocoPhillips shortened their name as the sponsor of AirVenture’s West Ramp to Phillips 66 Plaza.

2013[edit]

2013 convention was known as "Frostkosh," featured cool weather in the 70s and beautiful skies everyday that AirVenture have never seen before. Budget cuts from sequestration kept active-duty military aircraft away from this year's event. The convention celebrated the 75th anniversary of the North American T-6 Texan, 60th anniversaries of the Wittman Tailwind, Mooney M20 & Piper Archer, 50th anniversaries of the Thorp T-18 & Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6, 30th anniversaries of the Quad City Challenger & Piper Malibu, 15th anniversary of Sonex Aircraft and a tribute to round-engine aircraft.[101][102] Aerospace and aviation legends gave talks such as Chris Hadfield, Charles Duke, Kent Rominger Joseph Kittinger, Charlie Precourt, Z. Nagin Cox, Dick Rutan, Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, Maj. Gen. John Borling, Bob Hoover, Col. Bud Anderson, Maj. Caroline Jensen, Sherry Carbary and Ron Alexander. The last flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi" owned by the Commemorative Air Force returned. Art Nalls, who flies the only privately owned British Aerospace Sea Harrier returned. Justin Lewis, owner and pilot of the world's first BD-5FLS debuted which is the upgraded version of the world's smallest jet, the BD-5 Micro. The Microjet hasn't been seen at AirVenture since the late 1990s.[103] Yves "Jetman" Rossy made his first public U.S. flights by flying four times.[104] Terrafugia Transition roadable aircraft under development by Terrafugia flew for the first time in front of the public. Honda Aircraft Company brought two FAA-conforming HondaJets to the event. They made their public debut by showcasing a flight demonstration which included formation flybys.[105] One of only three flying examples of the Waco EQC-6 came to the event. The two remaining airworthy Howard 500s came and so did the world's only flying Waco 9.[106][107] An FM-2 Wildcat recovered from Lake Michigan was on display all week.[108] EAA AirVenture Oshkosh held for the first time ever two nighttime airshows.

Disney's Planes premiered on August 2, 2013, at a special screening at The Fly-In Theater.[109] Along with the special screening of the movie, Disney brought a real life Dusty to be part of the activities. The real life version of Dusty is an Air Tractor AT-400A piloted and owned by agriculture pilot Rusty Lindeman.[110] It flew three times during the airshow. Thrush Aircraft brought the newest-generation, Thrush 510G which is powered by a GE H80 turbine engine.[111]

Redbird Flight Simulators newest concept for lowering the cost of flight training is the RedHawk 101, a highly modified Cessna 172 that made its public debut. It is powered by a Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engine.[112] Cirrus Aircraft brought the Cirrus SR22 G5 to the event for the first time. Pipistrel debuted the Sinus FLEX to the U.S. market which is based on the Sinus. The FLEX option features two wingtip sets to convert the Sinus from motor glider to sporty cruiser in minutes.[113] Aquila debuted the A211 and A211GX to the U.S. market.[114] Rud Aero debuted the side-by-side carbon fiber aerobatic trainer the RA-3 which is equipped with a Lycoming IO 360.[115] Sky-Leader introduced to the U.S. market, the SL600, an all metal two-seat, low wing aircraft with a trapezoidal wing.[116] Evektor introduced the SportStar EPOS which is powered by a 50-kW electric motor.[117] ZLIN Aircraft debuted the Savage Bobber and the Savage Cub S.[118] Italian LSA Manufacturer, Nando Groppo debuted at AirVenture by bringing the Trail, a single engine, tandem seat, high wing ultralight aircraft.[119] RANS debuted its newest aircraft, S-20 Raven, a two seat, high wing, tricycle or conventional landing gear light-sport bush aircraft.[120] Skycraft Airplanes debuted its ready-to-fly SD-1 Minisport.[121] Sport Performance Aviation brought the Panther to the event. The Panther is a single seat, low wing aircraft, built of aluminum with a bubble canopy. The landing gear can be assembled in either tricycle or conventional gear arrangements.[122] Wipaire received certification of Wipline 8750 on the new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and Cessna 208 Caravan.[123] ICON Aircraft, developer of the ICON A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft received an exemption request for gross weight increase to accommodate safety features. The exemption will allow the A5 to rise as high as 1,680 pounds, 250 pounds above the 1,430 pound limit for amphibious LSAs.[124] An Aviat A-1C-200 Husky registered N15NG made history by becoming the first dual-fueled, piston-powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas and avgas.[125]

Bendix/King introduced a series of new products the KLR 10 AOA indicator, KT 74 ADS-B ready Mode S transponder and KSN 765 integrated safety navigator. Lightspeed introduced its newest headset the Zulu Personal Flying Experience (PFX).[126] Sennheiser introduced the S1 NoiseGard headset.[127] Zodiac Aerospace displayed the on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS).[128] Engineered Propulsion Systems introduced the Vision 350 prototype engine.[129] TL Elektronic debuted new versions of the Integra glass cockpit panel that features a bigger display.[130] Jeppesen introduced the Mobile FliteDeck VFR for U.S. GA pilots to use on the iPad.[131] The iFly 520 GPS debuted which is similar to the iFly 720.[132] Italian engine manufacturer, MW Fly debuted its full line of Aeropower engines to the U.S. market.[133] AvMap has introduced the Ultra EFIS which has a 3.5-inch, ultra-bright, sunlight-readable LCD display.[134] A glass cockpit retrofit kit for DAHER-SOCATA's TBM 700 & TBM 850 aircraft was unveiled which features a Garmin G600, Garmin GTN 750 and MD302.[135] Engine Components debuted the third in its Titan 340 Stroker series engine the O-340.[136] Sensenich debuted a new propeller for Aerovee powered aircraft.[137] DUC Hélices introduced a new carbon fiber propeller called the FLASH.[138] Education & Interactive Zone and EAA College Park debuted at AirVenture which is an area designated for companies and colleges to network with young people and display what they have to offer to potential employees and students.[139] EAA Innovations Pavilion debuted at AirVenture which showcases new ideas and technology.[140] EAA, American Airlines, Oshkosh Corporation, and Old Glory Honor Flight gave the first Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans aboard an American Airlines 737 at AirVenture.[141]

Attendance[edit]

Commercial display at 2011 airshow

It is estimated that 10,000–15,000 aircraft visit Wittman Field each year during the fly-in. Attendance is estimated between 800,000 to 1,000,000.[citation needed] The EAA estimates and Oshkosh Northwestern reports the actual number of attendees is most likely between 300,000-500,000.[142]

The large number of aircraft arrivals and departures during the fly-in week makes the Wittman Field FAA Control Tower the "busiest in the world" for that week (in number of movements).[143] To accommodate the huge flow of aircraft around the airport and the nearby airspace, a special NOTAM is published each year, choreographing the normal and emergency procedures to follow.

More than 4,000 volunteers contribute approximately 250,000 hours before, during and after the event.[144]

Air Traffic operation[edit]

FAA Tower team remotely managing departures
During AirVenture the control tower is traditionally decorated with a banner saying "World's Busiest Control Tower".

In 1961, The Rockford EAA airshow had 10,000 aircraft movements.[145] In 1971 the EAA airshow at Oshkosh brought in 600 planes and 31,653 movements.[146] Today AirVenture brings in more than 10,000 airplanes of all kinds. Special air traffic procedures, not seen or used anywhere else, are used to ensure safe, coordinated operations.[citation needed]

FAA air traffic staffers (including controllers, supervisors, and managers) compete from throughout the FAA's 17-state Central Terminal Service Area to work this event. In 2007, 145 air traffic professionals representing 45 facilities volunteered to staff the facilities at Oshkosh (OSH), Fond du Lac (FLD), and Fisk. They wear bright pink shirts to stand out of the crowd.

Local tower[edit]

The original tower at Wittman Field was designed and built in the 1960s. In 2007 a new tower was built that is over twice the height of the old building. The original tower was demolished in April 2009.

Technical operations[edit]

Several days prior to the event, members of the FAA's Technical Operation team from around the Central Service Area arrive in Oshkosh to set up the temporary communication facilities (MoOCoW's, FISK VFR Approach Control and Fond du Lac (FLD) tower). These technicians maintain the facilities during the event and tear down and store the equipment after AirVenture ends.

Volunteering[edit]

EAA AirVenture relies heavily on volunteers,[147][148] who arrive in the weeks leading up to the air show. The tasks they perform range from parking cars and airplanes, to painting buildings, to helping set up and tear down concerts and shows presented by the EAA. Long-time volunteers receive benefits such as free meals, t-shirts, and embroidered patches, and free admission into the EAA AirVenture event.[149]

See also[edit]

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  37. ^ OMA SUD SkyCar Debuts
  38. ^ Colbalt Co50 Debuts
  39. ^ Sikorsky Firefly
  40. ^ Plane Driven PD-1 Makes World Debut
  41. ^ GippsAero Airvan GA8 TC-320 Receives Type Certificate at EAA
  42. ^ Warbirds Area Improved
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  48. ^ World's Largest Flying Airship Coming to Oshkosh
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  50. ^ http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-20110728-eaa-f16-incident,0,628759.photogallery
  51. ^ Gyroplane Crashes at Ultralight Airstrip
  52. ^ Silkorsky X2 at EAA
  53. ^ Tecnam P2010 Makes U.S. Debut
  54. ^ Pipistrel Taurus G4
  55. ^ Electric-Powered Lazair
  56. ^ Flight Design C4 Mock-up on Display
  57. ^ Kolb Firestar II SS Shown at EAA
  58. ^ [1]
  59. ^ AOPA Online: Aerostar Jet pays a visit to Oshkosh
  60. ^ Bugatti Model 100P Replica Project
  61. ^ Avidyne Unveils IFD540 Touchscreen
  62. ^ New Name for AeroShell Square
  63. ^ AirVenture & Helicopter Association International's Heli Center Debuts
  64. ^ 75th Anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub
  65. ^ 40th Anniversary of Van's Aircraft
  66. ^ 50th Anniversary of the Dyke JD-2 Delta
  67. ^ 30th Anniversary of Part 103 Ultralights
  68. ^ Lockheed P-38 Lightning Glacier Girl 20th Anniversary
  69. ^ Van's Aircraft Debuts the Van's RV-14
  70. ^ Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Fifi" Gave Rides at AirVenture for the First Time
  71. ^ McDonnell Douglas DC-10 "ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital" Owned by ORBIS International Returns Since 2003.
  72. ^ Junkers Ju 52 First Appearance at AirVenture
  73. ^ Restored Lockheed PV-2 Comes to EAA
  74. ^ North American A-36A Apache Invades EAA
  75. ^ EAA Launches Eagle Flights
  76. ^ Aircraft Kit Industry Association Formally Constituted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012
  77. ^ E-volo VC2 Makes World Debut
  78. ^ Lisa Akoya Debuts
  79. ^ SAM Aircraft Unveils SAM LS
  80. ^ ArrowCopter AC10 Debuts
  81. ^ [2]
  82. ^ Pipistrel Introduces Alpha Trainer
  83. ^ OMA Sud Redbird New Model
  84. ^ SOCATA TBM 850 Elite Earns Certification
  85. ^ Cessna Unveils SMA SR305-230E diesel engine for 182 Skyline
  86. ^ Cessna announces Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX
  87. ^ Wipare's newest Wipline 1450 LSA Floats
  88. ^ Eclipse Aerospace Donates Eclipse 500 to the Veteran's Airlift Command
  89. ^ Aeronca Super Chief 65CA Donated to the EAA Museum
  90. ^ Garmin's New GDL 88, GDL 39 & GWX70
  91. ^ Avidyne AXP340 Mode S Transponder with Extended Squitter Debuts
  92. ^ Avidyne IFD540 & IFD440 Touch Screen Debuts
  93. ^ Dynon Debuts D1 Pocket Panel Portable
  94. ^ Aspen's Connected Panel Receives TSO
  95. ^ PAT Avionics Debuts G-HULP HUD
  96. ^ Bendix/King Unveils KMA 30 & myWingMan Application
  97. ^ Sennheiser Debuts S1 Passive Headset
  98. ^ Rotax's New Rotax 912 iS
  99. ^ GE Aviation Launches Two New Engines the H75 & H85 Turboprop
  100. ^ Chinese AirVenture Pavilion Debuts
  101. ^ 60th Anniversary of Wittman Tailwind & 50th Anniversary of Thorp T-18
  102. ^ 30th Anniversary of Quad City Challenger
  103. ^ Justin Lewis' B-5FLS Microjet Makes Debut at AirVenture
  104. ^ [Yves "Jetman" Rossy Makes U.S. Public Debut]
  105. ^ HondaJet Brings Two FAA-Conforming Jets
  106. ^ World's Only Flying Waco 9 Visits Event
  107. ^ Waco EQC-6 & Waco 9 Visit Event
  108. ^ FM-2 Wildcat Recovered From Lake Michigan on Display
  109. ^ Disney's Planes Debut at The Fly-In Theater
  110. ^ Dusty Comes to Life
  111. ^ Thrush Aircraft new Thrush 510G
  112. ^ Redbird Flight Simulators' RedHawk 101 Experiment
  113. ^ Pipistrel Debuts Sinus FLEX Option Upgrade to the U.S. Market
  114. ^ Aquila Debuts A211 & A211GX to the U.S. Market
  115. ^ Rud Aero Debuts RA-3
  116. ^ SL600 Introduced to U.S. Market
  117. ^ Evektor Introduced the SportStar EPOS to U.S. Market
  118. ^ Zlin Aircraft Debuts Savage Bobber & Savage Cub S
  119. ^ Nando Groppo Debuts at AirVenutre, Brings The Trail For First Time
  120. ^ RANS Unveils New S-20 Raven
  121. ^ SkyCraft Airplanes Debuts Ready-to-Fly SD-1 Minisport
  122. ^ Sport Performance Aviation Brand New Panther On Display
  123. ^ Wipare Received Certification of Wipline 8750 on Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and Cessna Caravan
  124. ^ ICON's A-5 Gets Weight Exemption from FAA
  125. ^ Aviat Husky the First Dual-Fuel, Piston-Powered Aircraft to Operate on CNG & Avgas
  126. ^ Lightspeed Releases Zulu PFX Headset
  127. ^ Sennheiser Introduces S1 NoiseGard Headset
  128. ^ Zodiac Aerospace Displays OBOGS
  129. ^ EPS Intros Lightweight Diesel Aircraft Engine
  130. ^ TL Elektronic Debuts New Intergra Glass Cockpit Version
  131. ^ Jeppsen Introduces Mobile FliteDeck VFR
  132. ^ iFly 520 Debuted
  133. ^ MW Fly Debuts Engine to U.S. Market
  134. ^ AvMap Announces Ultra EFIS
  135. ^ Glass Cockpit Retrofit Upgrade Debuts for TBM 700/850
  136. ^ Engine Components Debuts STC’d O-340
  137. ^ Sensenich Debuts New Propeller for AeroVee Engine
  138. ^ DUC Helices Intros FLASH
  139. ^ Education & Interactive Zone, College Parks Debuts
  140. ^ EAA Innovations Pavilion Debuts
  141. ^ First Ever Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight For Vietnam Veterans At AirVenture
  142. ^ Oshkosh Northwestern
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