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Photo by Phil Weston
An ultralight aircraft has a tent snuggled under its wing.

July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - There’s a lot happening “down on the farm” in the Ultralight area this year, located at the south end of the AirVenture flightline.

Some of the early ultralights will receive recognition, plus there’s an ultralight parts consignment area. Rotorcraft pilots will also use the Ultralight area as their AirVenture base and participate in expanded rotorcraft activities, thanks to support from RotorWay International. For the first time, ultralight/lightplane pilots can also camp next to their aircraft near the Ultralight Barn headquarters.

“If the ultralight/lightplane area at Oshkosh has been one of the event’s best-kept secrets, we want to make sure that it’s a secret no more,” said Timm Bogenhagen, EAA ultralight program manager. “The joy of basic, fun flying is what our area’s all about. We love to fly and share that spirit of flight with everyone at AirVenture. We invite all ultralight enthusiasts to join us down on the farm.”

As always, morning and evening flight operations will be based on the 1,200-foot grass runway adjacent to the Ultralight Barn. During these sessions, aviation enthusiasts can see ultralights, powered parachutes, rotorcraft, and more demonstrating “low and slow” flying.

This year, more events and activities have been added, including:

  • “Year of the Antique Ultralight” - Welcoming the early models of ultralights from the 1970s and 1980s, when this form of flying was taking shape.
  • Ultralight camping - Just as in other areas of the AirVenture grounds, ultralight pilots will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of camping next to their aircraft
  • Ultralight Aeromart - A popular aircraft parts consignment area, specially created for ultralight and rotorcraft enthusiasts.
  • Rotorcraft activities - With the support of RotorWay International, there are more forums and programs for rotorcraft owners and pilots than ever in a growing part of AirVenture.
  • Ultralight chapters - A special area will be set up for EAA ultralight chapters to promote their activities along with special ultralight chapter competitions.

Improved flightline tram operations will make it much easier to reach the Ultralight area this year.

Events for those who bring aircraft include a special goody bag and the popular Ultralight Area Barbecue on Saturday, August 1.

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