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VFR Arrival Paths - Runway 36L / 36R

The following routes have been developed for AirVenture to enable pilots to more easily navigate from Fisk to their assigned landing runway. The current active arrival runway(s) will be included on the AirVenture arrival ATIS on frequency 125.9 and via telephone at 866-493-5553.

Understanding Air Traffic Control at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

VFR Arrival Paths: Runway 9 | Runway 27 | Runways 18L / 18R | Runways 36L / 36R

Runway 36L / 36R (left base leg)

  • Depart Fisk following Fisk Avenue (due east).

  • You may notice a tall microwave tower to the east/southeast of Fisk. The road you are to follow is 1/4-mile north of that tower. Keep the tower off the right wing.

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  • Beyond the microwave tower, while still following Fisk Avenue, you will see a busy interchange. Aim for that interchange.

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  • You may begin your descent out of 1,800' msl after passing Fisk.

  • Enter Left Base Runway(s) 36 L/R.

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  • Tower will assign landing runway (either 36L or 36R). Runway 36R is normally a parallel taxiway, however during AirVenture, permission has been granted to allow us to use it as a runway.

  • Be Alert! There may be Ultralight aircraft operating in the Ultralight pattern located at the southwest corner of the airport (at or below 1,100' msl)!
  • Be Alert! High performance aircraft may be arriving via the "Right Base" or "Straight-In" on the Final Approach Course.
  • ATC may request that you land on a large Purple Dot or Yellow Dot painted on the runway. This allows for simultaneously arrivals and expedites the flow of traffic.
  • If a "Go-Around" is needed, NOTIFY ATC immediately for resequencing instructions.


The controller will still instruct you to land "on the numbers" or on one of two colored dots. One is Purple and the other Yellow.

The dots are located 1500' apart. They are used to help us properly apply our reduced separation waiver for Category I and II aircraft. The Purple Dot is located approximately 1,800' from the Runway 36L threshold. Remaining runway length from this point is 4,750'.

The Yellow Dot is located 1,500' from the Purple Dot. Remaining runway length from this point is 3,200'. You may also see a Pink Dot or a Blue Dot further down runway towards the departure end of Runway 36L. Do not use the either the Pink Dot or the"Blue Dot when arriving Runway 36L.


If you are assigned Runway 36R, expect to be asked to land long and then taxi straight ahead to the end of the runway. From the end of the runway, EAA flaggers will direct you to parking. Do not exit into the grass. Do not exit onto a taxiway unless instructed to by the controller.

If you must exit onto a paved taxiway, hold short of Runway 36L! The tower controller or a controller on the ground (in pink shirt) will advise you when you can cross Runway 36L.


Be prepared! The control instructions may change from what you were initially told. For instance you may have been instructed to "land on the numbers". This would have been issued if there was another aircraft ahead of you landing at the Purple Dot, however by the time you reach the runway…

The other aircraft has exited the runway, therefore the controller may now instruct you to "land on the Purple Dot" which will allow for another aircraft to land behind you (on the numbers) and still provide for allowable runway separation.

These "last minute" adjustments will probably occur no matter what runway you land on. The only difference will be the description of the touchdown point ("the numbers" or Purple Dot).

Stay alert for traffic ahead of you on final and also for any potential traffic that may be sequenced from the right base.

If a "Go-Around" is needed, NOTIFY ATC immediately for resequencing instructions!


See the Exiting Runways section for details on what is to be expected of you once you have landed.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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