Are you Ready for AirVenture!?


Ok, so maybe you want to wait until your spot in Homebuilt Camping dries out just a little bit… but Oshkosh is a great place to visit, even when the snow is a foot deep where you’d like to be parking your homebuilt. Granted, this isn’t how the Chamber of Commerce would like you to envision April in the Midwest – but it happens!

One of the great secrets of EAA headquarters is that if you come to the museum at this time of the year, you can have it mostly to yourself – its a quiet place to contemplate some of the great airplanes and read the interpretive signs without thinking about what you’re missing at “the show.” I often find myself rushing through the place during the annual July sojourn, and I find that I have been missing a lot. I never noticed Ernie Gann‘s reproduced writing room, for instance – a great place for aviation authors to stop and contemplate one of the great word (and airplane) jockeys of our profession.

If you find yourself anywhere near Oshkosh at any time of the year, this is a great place to commune with the likes an old Standard Biplane, or to think about what it was like to fly around the world in Voyager. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you stop by – the real treasures are here to enjoy.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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