Becoming AirVenture

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I flew in to Wittman Field on Thursday afternoon, talked to the tower, got a clearance to land… it was just a normal day at a controlled field. Today, its all different – today, it is Airventure! The NOTAM is in effect, the volunteers are ready, and the field is in good condition–waiting for the ten thousand airplanes and hundreds of thousands of people that will descend in the next few days. Homebuilt camping (shown here) will change dramatically in the next 24 hours, with airplanes and tents populating the grassy field in all directions.

Everyone’s waiting for you – are you on the way?

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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 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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