A steady stream of arrivals kept the all-volunteer ground crew at AirVenture hopping all day. Whether they were experimentals, vintage, GA, or warbirds – they all had to be sorted and sent to the appropriate destinations on the field in Oshkosh. Beautiful weather meant lots of early arrivals , and estimates from parking personal were that there was approximately a 20% increase in planes compared to the same time last year. Many food vendors were open to serve the growing crowds of campers and others wandering around the grounds even though the show didn’t officially open until Monday morning.
The weekend before the show has become a popular part of the annual event, sort of a Fly-in Before the Fly-in – a chance for pilots to get together and trade stories and news among themselves before the schedule of events kick in to high gear. Old friendships are renewed, new acquaintances made, and a casual attitude prevails as behind the scenes, preparations continue in the vendor area. most of the manufacturers that support the homebuilt industry are here and ready to help builders with their choices of airframes, engines and equipment – it is the place to be if you’re looking for your next project – or to finish the one you’re working on now.
With nice weather n the forecast for the next few days, Oshkosh appears to be the place to be!