The countdown has already started for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. After a quick month of cleaning, filing and collecting input from AirVenture 2010, planning is now underway for the 59th annual edition of "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."
EAA AirVenture 2011 will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh, Wis.
Among the highlighted activities next summer at Oshkosh will be the Centennial of Naval Aviation. AirVenture has already been named as one of the U.S. Navy's top tier events for support throughout the service's yearlong recognition of 100 years of naval aviation.
In addition, the centennial of air mail service is being recognized in 2011, and events at Oshkosh will include that notable anniversary. Progress is also continuing on a number of other top-level attractions and programs for 2011.
Among the returning highlights next summer will be the night air show, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, and other entertainment both on the ground and in the air.
"The planning for events at AirVenture never really stops. We just catch our breath for a few days after the end of each year's fly-in," said EAA chairman Tom Poberezny, who continues to also be active as AirVenture chairman. "Expectations are always high for what's going to be at Oshkosh each year, and we're making sure that those expectations for excitement, innovation and value are met and exceeded."
On the grounds, site improvements that began in 2009 will continue over the coming months. Some points of emphasis include improving drainage in areas that were submerged during record-setting rains last July prior to AirVenture 2010. Exhibit areas, aircraft parking, and the drive-in Camp Scholler are among those areas receiving priority attention.
Additional information and details will be announced and posted at www.airventure.org as they are finalized.