For those who love aviation, Oshkosh is the place to be. Hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts will descend upon Wittman Regional Airport and the EAA AirVenture grounds to saturate themselves in their passion for flight. Take it from AirVenture veterans – be prepared so you can maximize your enjoyment on the grounds.
Here are some fast and easy tips that have proven valuable for AirVenture attendees:
- Slather on the sunscreen: One thing is certain: Sunscreen works. Make sure you cover exposed areas of your body with at least an SPF 15. If you bring children, don’t forget to cover them as well.
- Bring comfortable shoes. Take good care of your feet. Wear the most comfortable walking shoes you have. Exploring the grounds can add up to several miles over the course of one day.
- Wear a hat. Temperatures can range anywhere from the 60s to the 90s, but AirVenture has a stretch of very hot, humid weather. A hat can provide some protection from overheating. If, for some reason, you forget to bring one, there will be plenty of official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh hats available. (If you’re watching the air show from the flight line, the back of your neck will likely be fully exposed to the afternoon sun. A bandana tucked under the back of your cap can provide an effective sun block.)
- Use lip balm. Not many people think of this, but bring some Chapstick™, Blistex™ or other brand and apply often to prevent the sun from turning your lips into leather.
- Wear sunglasses. A fairly obvious item on your checklist, one for which your eyes will thank you. A neck strap also comes in handy.
- Check the forecast. If there’s a chance of rain during the day, be prepared with a light jacket or poncho, a small umbrella, and an extra pair of socks.
- Drink lots of water/bring a water bottle. Dehydration can hit even the heartiest AirVenture attendees, especially on hot afternoons. Nothing prevents dehydration as well as water, and bottled water is available at the many concession areas. You can make plenty of use of the many water fountains located throughout the grounds. Don’t rely on soft drinks to prevent dehydration.
- Organize your visit. Take advantage of all the information available before you get here. Since you’re reading this, you’re at the right place - www.airventure.org. For example, if you plan to attend some of the hundreds of presentations, workshops and forums, check out our Presentation and Workshop Schedule that allows you to view the schedules by date, interest, keyword or presenter. Be sure to grab a grounds map, as a locations of attractions/facilities may change from year to year. Even staggering meal times can help avoid the big mid-day crowds at the food stands.
- Bring a camera and extra supplies. If you own a digital camera, extra batteries and memory cards are a smart investment. For film cameras, be sure to check your battery, have extras just to be safe, and bring two more rolls of film than you plan to shoot. If you bring a video camera, make sure you have an extra tape or memory card and at least one fully charged spare battery.
- Watch the overhang! It’s natural to lean forward to look into the cockpit of your favorite aircraft, but wait just a second! Make sure the camera or sunglasses around your neck aren’t striking the aircraft. Those items can leave nasty scratches.
- Oshkosh Rules Apply!
- When you’re near aircraft, the rule is: "Always ask before touching."
- For safety’s sake, eating and smoking are not allowed in the flight line or near airplanes.
It is nearly impossible to see everything in one day, or even a week. Pace yourself and focus on what really interests you.
Please remember that rules and regulations exist to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. If you have any questions, just ask an EAA staff member – or an AirVenture volunteer, without whom AirVenture would not be possible
We hope you enjoy your visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. By heeding these few bits of advice, you’ll be well on your way.