Decommissioned VORs, changes to IFR routes, and no aircraft camping at Appleton International Airport (KATW) are just a few of the changes in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 Notice to Air Missions, formerly known as the “Oshkosh NOTAM.”
The 32-page notice is required reading for pilots who intend to fly into KOSH. The notice contains information about arrival and departure procedures for the world’s biggest airshow, slated for July 25 through 31 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Expect to do some studying before you rock your wings and land on the colored dot.
“The most essential information for any pilot flying to Oshkosh involves reading and thoroughly understanding the 2022 AirVenture notice to ensure safe operations on arrival and departure,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “Although the designation may have been changed by the FAA, the document still states the official requirements and expectations for pilots. We also urge all pilots to log appropriate cross-country time prior to their trip to Oshkosh so they have the proficiency and confidence to fly safely.”
The notice was designed by the FAA to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning. It is now known as the Oshkosh Notice instead of a NOTAM because of a changed FAA internal procedure. The document is in effect from noon CDT on Thursday, July 21, until 6 a.m. CDT on Monday, August 1. The notice outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.
According to the EAA, the changes in the notice for the 69th fly-in convention are based on pilot feedback and FAA review of arrival procedure recommendations.
Some of the 2022 changes include:
- The document is now officially called a notice by the FAA, rather than a NOTAM.
- Two VORs have been decommissioned (RFD and MBL).
- Several IFR routings have been changed.
- Aircraft camping is no longer allowed at Appleton International Airport (KATW).
In an effort to ease holding and aircraft congestion, ATC will assign transition points for aircraft approaching Oshkosh from the west. These points are at Endeavor Bridge, Puckaway Lake, and Green Lake. They will be announced on the arrival ATIS when ATC activates them at times of highest traffic flows
EAA is also hosting a webinar on June 22 at 7 p.m. regarding flying to AirVenture 2022 that will include changes in this year’s notice. Pilots are encouraged to participate to build their knowledge prior to their flights to Oshkosh.
According to EAA, this year’s notice cover features a Heritage Flight formation over Oshkosh. Pilots can download a digital version of the notice at EAA.org/NOTAM, or order a free printed copy via that website or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322.