Bernie and Melva
Fared enjoyed good weather on their trip to Oshkosh from San
Antonio, Texas, in their Thorp T-18, N18XS. They arrived Friday
afternoon and were able to join a handful of other airplanes in
the homebuilt parking area before rain halted operations.
Wet conditions around the field Saturday morning brought operations
at the homebuilt parking area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to a standstill.
Dennis Hasha, homebuilt registration chairman, reports that registration
numbers are about a quarter of the number they saw last year at this
time— but he fully expects to see those numbers rise once normal
operations resume at Wittman Regional Airport.
“We’re only running one registration computer at this time, but
we are preparing for an influx of homebuilt registrations once ground
conditions improve,” Hasha said.
“In the meantime, we are accommodating those who have already arrived
by transporting them around the grounds and helping them at their
Hasha and other volunteers have shifted gears during the slow period,
doing what they can to help the larger cause. “We’ve begun placing
wood chips around the grounds to help soak up extra moisture,” Hasha
said. “AirVenture is going to continue rain or shine, and we’ll find
a way to get things done.”
Though rain has created challenges for aircraft camping and parking
areas, people’s spirits have remained high, Hasha said. “I arrived
early one morning and saw people in the homebuilt camping area hanging
out wet clothes and fixing their tents that had been blown over by the
“When I approached them they were laughing and truly enjoying
themselves,” he said. “It’s all about the attitude here at
Oshkosh. EAA isn’t about planes or an air show, it’s about family,
and adversity brings us closer together.”