Mass Arrivals!


Two days of airplanes are backed up at airports all across the Midwest, and they are now descending on Oshkosh’s AirVenture in record numbers. The region has been plagued with thunderstorms for the past two days, keeping many pilots from making it all the way from home, but with the last storm clearing through by mid morning, the VFR arrival stream opened up, and planes are landing in close trail on multiple runways. Parking personnel are hopping to find find ground space for all the new arrivals, including the 36 ship formation of RVs that performed flybys to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the RV-6.

The 36 Ship RV formation taxies in to parking
The 36 Ship RV formation taxies in to parking

But even though they are arriving en masse, RVs aren’t the only machines showing up this afternoon. Everything from Cubs to jets are landing and finding their way to parking with the help of the huge crew of EAA volunteers that welcome every pilot and help them get settled. There is currently room for both experimentals and certified airplanes, but at this rate, we expect parking for certifieds to start getting scarce before the week is too old. New parking areas were created in recent months at the extreme southern end of the field (referred to humorously as “Fond du Lac North” by some) and in the old “B” parking area near Homebuilt Camping, and it is expected that things may fill up.

Nevertheless, EAA maintains its policy is to never turn away a show plane (experimental, warbirds, or Vintage), so if you’re on your way or planning to be on your way, don’t dismay – with improving weather, Wisconsin is waiting for you.

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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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