In a year full of new features and attractions at AirVenture, EAA is also offering a grass landing strip, making landings safer and more efficient for many a vintage and tailwheel aircraft. The grass landing strip, located southwest of the approach end of Runway 36L, is perfect for these aircraft, as well as those with a tailskid.
Because of the configuration of the airport and obstructions near the runway, only landings to the north are allowed while the airport is using a 36L-36R configuration; no landings to the south are permitted.
To gain permission to use the grass strip pilots must first obtain a copy of the special approach procedure NOTAM.
Pilots wishing to land on the strip must communicate with the Oshkosh tower via two-way radio. On the day of arrival, a telephone call must be placed to the tower within about one hour's flying time from Oshkosh to obtain permission to use the approach and land on the strip.
To keep the possibility of the wind or traffic conditions from impacting the ability of the tower to issue a clearance, EAA suggests an early morning arrival; per the AirVenture NOTAM the airport opens to arrivals at 0700. Pilots must also be familiar with the EAA AirVenture NOTAM, in case the landing clearance must be canceled and a landing on the paved runways is required.