AirVenture Begins in 80 Days

Here are the details needed to fly into the largest airshow in the U.S.

EAA AirVenture
Military flight demonstrations are just one of the hundreds that happen during AirVenture.EAA

There's only one aviation event in America that draws annual crowds in the hundreds of thousands, one of the reasons men, women and children from around the world eagerly await EAA's springtime release of the flight planning information necessary for people around the globe to plan their aviation-themed vacations. Yesterday, EAA published the official AirVenture Notam outlining elements necessary to plan both VFR and IFR trips to the largest airshow in the United States. The flight procedures contained in the Notam will be effective July 20-30, 2018.

As in past years, the guide explains the details of the Fisk, Fond du Lac and Appleton Arrival procedures, facts about Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport, special details for turbine and warbird aircraft arrivals, as well as how helicopters, ultralights and aircraft free of radios will approach what for one week of the year becomes the busiest airport in the world. The Notam shows this year’s effective times for the temporary flight restriction related to the airport during the airshow. Beginning Monday, July 23, through Saturday, July 28, the airport is closed to transient aircraft from 2:30-6:30 p.m. local. On Wednesday, July 25, the airport is shut down to transient aircraft from 8:00-10:00 p.m.. Over the weekend the TFR on Saturday, July 28, runs from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 29 from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

A few items are new for 2018, like a notice of the decommissioning of both the Burbun and the Milwaukee Timmerman VORs. There's also a new Oshkosh ground control frequency 132.3, as well as a realignment of Oshkosh Taxiway Bravo. There have been a few changes to Madison Approach Control's frequencies, as well as an update to arrivals from the southwest of OSH that mean an IFR STMP reservation is not required at Madison. Finally, look for some new aircraft camping and parking areas at Oshkosh. EAA also published a tentative master schedule of events running during AirVenture Week.