Category Archives: AirVenture 2008
Brandon and I arrived to Oshkosh late last night after a connecting flight into Appleton via Detroit (Rock City). The cab ride was ultra-smooth … a Cadillac, which was a first for me. Usually its a Ford Crown Vic. Anyway, upon our arrival, we walked over to the local Pic & Save for some essentials…you know, chips, beef jerky, etc. etc. We chilled out in the room and then crashed for the night.
Today is set-up day and I’m going to help! More later…
Check out this article by Mike Singer on how you can make a virtual visit to AirVenture if you cannot make it there in person. Speaking of Mike … be sure to bookmark his blog as he has promised to update it nearly daily while at AirVenture. Shall we hold our breath?
Also, if you cannot make it be sure to check out this live ATC feed of the controllers at KOSH. I’m sure it will be a flurry of activity all week! Now to finish packing… 😐
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 78.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 79.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
For someone (me) who has been experiencing upper 90s with heat indices of over 100F, this wx forecast is absolutely wonderful!
Those of you who are going to be lucky enough to visit EAA AirVenture this year will be in for a shock. For as many years as I can recall going to AirVenture, the Microsoft FS booth has always been at the entrance to Hangar B. In fact, one year they even sponsored the whole hangar. This year that has changed. The Microsoft FS booth now calls the entrance to Hangar D home. I inquired with Hal what "the skinny" was on this dramatic change in venue (well, not too terribly dramatic … Hangar D is a few paces away from Hangar B), but he hasn’t given me the spill. I’ll have to dig it out of him in two weeks. Anyway, if you’re expecting to find the FS booth in Hangar B … don’t panic when it is not there. Hangar D is where the action will be this year! Boy won’t the folks at JoePilot, AvShop, and CH Products be in for a surprise (they used to get tons of business due to the FS booth)! See you there!
The modern day guppy is making a short visit to EAA AirVenture this year! The heavily modified Boeing 747-400 known as the DreamLifter will arrive late Monday July 28th and then depart on Tuesday July 29th. The aircraft is being utilized to carry key components of the new 787 Dreamliner from points all over the globe to the assembly location in Everett, WA. I’m looking forward to getting a closer look at it myself!
One of the most exciting events to take place at this year’s AirVenture has to be record attempting flights that Jon Sharp is going to perform in the Nemesis® NXT®. His attempts will take place during the showcase flights that are a part of each afternoon’s airshow. Sharp says the record attempt is a fun event for spectators. "They don’t get to see this type of event very often, and it’s not like a normal air show act. They are actually seeing history being made before them."
The Nemesis® NXT® is the next generation aircraft evolved from the original Nemesis which now resides in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport. For more information about this special event, take a look at this article on the AirVenture website.
Oh, and look for a major announcement to come soon after AirVenture that involves "yours truly" and the Nemesis® NXT® team.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of AirVenture for me is the extreme amount of ATC chatter that is to be heard. Anyone who has read the AirVenture NOTAM knows that the VFR Arrival into Fisk is an essential part of the adventure of arriving to KOSH. Want a sample of that chatter? Check out this 30 minute recording from 2006 to see how hectic things becomes and why minimal talk from the aircraft inbound is highly encouraged!
There are a few new things this year compared to years past. For example, new dots are being use on Runway 18/36 and the "pink shirts" will be utilizing the brand-new tower currently being constructed at the field. AVWeb’s latest IFR Refresher podcast talks to one of the ATC Supervisors for this year’s AirVenture, Jerry Hough, where he describes some tips and tricks for making a safe IFR arrival into KOSH. GANews also published this article on making a safe arrival into KOSH during AirVenture that provides some really great advice as well.
While browsing the EAA website, I ran across this great piece on the Boeing 40, the oldest flying Boeing aircraft in the world. The aircraft is scheduled to be on display at AirVenture … I can’t wait to check it out!