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Welcome to Wittman Regional Airport, home of the best known aviation event in the world. “Aero Innovate brings passionate, successful aviation investors and industry leaders together with the best aviation-related opportunities in the world. And where better to do this than Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport, home to EAA’s AirVenture each year.” Meridith Jaeger Founder/Director Aero Innovate
“I drive 110 miles round trip from Dodge County just to be able to ﬂy from Wittman Regional Airport. I even pass two other airports along the way. I appreciate the control tower, the airport atmosphere and the wide runways. Flying at Wittman Regional Airport is a great experience.” Geoﬀ Downey Pilot
“With our international corporate headquarters located here in Oshkosh, it is imperative that we have a quality airﬁeld that can serve our needs on a round-theclock and around-the-year basis. The Oshkosh Wittman airport ﬁlls those critical needs. We have nothing but high marks for the airport, its facilities, service and staﬀ.” Corporate Aviation Team
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FLIGHT CHECK 2012 Admission Rates
EAA MEMBER NON-MEMBER Daily ....Weekly .................. Daily Adult .............. $27 ....... $115...................... $41 EAA Member Spouse or Guest (limit one) . ................... $27 ....... $115 *As an EAA member, you may purchase one adult weekly or up to seven daily admission tickets for yourself at the EAA member rate. You may also purchase one daily or weekly admission ticket for your spouse or your guest at the EAA member rate for each daily or weekly admission ticket purchased for yourself.
Students age 6-18 . ................... $18 ........ $60....................... $21 Children age 5 & under . ...................FREE ....... FREE ..................... FREE **Veterans/Active Military......................... $31
Included with admission: Access to all Showplane parking areas, including Homebuilts, Vintage, Aerobatic, Warbirds, Ultralights, Light Planes, Rotorcraft and Seaplanes AirVenture Forums and Workshops with no reservations required A variety of evening entertainment, including Opening Day Concert, nightly movies at the Fly-In Theater, and programming at Theater in the Woods Hands-on workshop areas
Reduced admission for veterans & active military is made possible by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. **Available only when purchased online.
Camping (basic campsite) ......................... $24 Three-night minimum. Please refer to the camping section for information.
Camping (electric & water hookup).......... $49 All electric & water campsites offered at a first-come, first-served basis, and all days must be purchased from the time of set-up through Sunday, July 29. Please refer to the camping section for information. The Liberty Parachute Team carries an American flag as it descends from the sky during the air show at AirVenture 2011. Shu-Ling Zhou/of The Northwestern
A variety of air show activities, including daily afternoon air shows and showcase flights, “Warbirds Spectaculars” on Friday and Saturday, and the Saturday night air show EAA membership information and merchandise areas More than 1 million square feet of commercial exhibits, displays and information from more than 800 exhibitors All AirVenture speaker venues, including Museum Speaker Showcase, Author’s Corner, Warbirds in Review, and more
AirVenture Museum admission during the event
Camping is not allowed in daily parking lots. Please refer to the camping section for information.
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Methods of payment Cash, personal checks and travelers checks are accepted Accepted credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Novus ATMs are available on the grounds, including the Main Gate, Admission Gate 346 (west of Warbirds & Forums area), Fly Market, Northeast of Exhibit Hangar B, Southeast Corner of EAA Wearhouse, Camp Scholler, Security Building, Skyshoppe.
What Isn’t Allowed Through the Gates? You can save yourself time and hassle by leaving the following items at home, in your car or at your campsite, as these items will not be allowed through the admission gates: Coolers larger than 12-by-18 inches. Beer, wine, liquor or any other alcoholic beverage. Firearms, fireworks and explosives. Knives with a blade length of more than 4 inches. Pets, other than service animals. Bicycles, roller skates, Rollerblades, skateboards, “Razor” style boards, Segway personal transports, or any other self-propelled device. *(one person electric/handicapped convenience vehicles are allowed) Oversized backpacks. Members camping in Airplane Camping areas can keep large coolers in their camping area, as long as the cooler has the proper pass. These coolers will be allowed after being inspected by security staff. Random checks will be done on coolers, backpacks, large purses, and other bags allowed in. All items, vehicles and persons are subject to search. Prohibited items, other than firearms and illegal substances, will be the responsibility of the individual who brought the item. If it is left behind, it will be taken to lost and found. If the item is food or beverage, it will be disposed of.
No commercial soliciting on the grounds In consideration of our visitors, EAA AirVenture maintains a “no solicitation” policy on the grounds, and in the parking lots and campgrounds. This includes non-exhibitor commercial activity and/ or advertising in those areas. If you are approached in any EAA AirVenture area by a person selling an item, collecting for a charity or distributing literature, especially in the camping areas or parking lots, please alert an EAA official or security immediately with as many details of that person as possible. “For Sale” signs in aircraft or on prop covers are permissible without an exhibitor agreement, but no literature or plans may be distributed.
After 3:40 p.m., customers should use EAA shuttle service to and from EAA Main Gate.
many 20 and 30-year volunteers, Comm Center is a great source for AirVenture information.
Fares One-way cash fare (exact fare required) $1.50
One-way Ticket $1.50 EAA Pass $20 Riders under 6 years of age ride free. Tickets and EAA Passes are sold at the Gruenhagen Conference Center - Guest Reservations Center. Oshkosh Transit System (920) 232-5340 firstname.lastname@example.org www.oshkoshtransit.com
EAA Oshkosh Transit System communications center The EAA Communications Center is EAA Bus Service staffed 24-hours to serve AirVenture Hours of operation
First bus from Gruenhagen Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, last bus from EAA Main Gate: July 22: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23-26: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 27: 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. July 28: 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 29: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Route Schedule Stop Location, Service Times* Scott/Gruenhagen Halls :00 & :30 minutes after the hour EAA - Main Gate :00 & :30 minutes after the hour
attendees and those who need information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Communications Center, or Comm Center, is available for general questions regarding AirVenture and as an emergency message relay service. Emergency messages are broadcast through the center’s PA system throughout the day or as needed. Emergency messages can also be relayed to those staying in EAA’s Camp Scholler. (920) 230-7800
EAA Radio AM1210 broadcasts continuous information from the EAA AirVenture site. Daily programming includes news from AirVenture, traffic and weather updates, interviews with aviation personalities, updates on EAA programs, AirVenture Forum highlights, live coverage of the daily air show and Theater in the Woods and much more.
Handicapped services For handicapped automobile parking with a disabled parking identification (DIS ID) permit, follow the signage when driving into the grounds. Handicapped aircraft parking and aircraft camping areas are available. Camping in Camp Scholler is available for those with disabilities. Handicapped restrooms and showers are identified on the convention site map. All tram routes are handicapped accessible. If special accessible transportation is required, contact any bus driver on site or stop by the bus park area near the Main Admission Gate.
In addition to the emergency messaging service, the Comm Center is also a key point of contact for information on the event. Comm Center volunteers have telephone and radio contact with all areas of AirVenture and can normally answer just about any question about AirVenture. With
Airport** :10 & :40 minutes after the hour Transit Center :20 & :50 minutes after the hour *More frequent service is provided during a.m. and p.m. peak travel times. **No OTS bus service provided to or from Airport after 3:40 p.m.
Cover photos: Northwestern file photos, courtesy of Experimental Aircraft Association
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Monday, July 23 Opening Day / Salute To Van’s Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of Van’s Rv Aircraft And Saluting Dick Vangrunsven Warbirds In Review: L-19 Bird Dog Vietnam Tribute, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds In Review: P-38 Glacier Girl, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m..
Arrival Of Original Rv-1, Phillips 66 Plaza, 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. Opening Night Concert, Presented By Ford Motor Company: Steve Miller Band, 7 p.m. Fly-In Theater: 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1944, NR), 8:30 p.m.
A popular attraction in the warbird area was the Glacier Girl, an Army P38, at EAA’s AirVenture 2010. Northwestern file photo.
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Cherokees: Friday, July 20, 1 p.m. Mooneys: Saturday, July 21, 4 p.m. Bonanzas: Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m. Rvs: Sunday, July 22, 1:30 p.m.. Cessnas: Saturday, July 21, 2:30 p.m. Airventure Cup Racers: Sunday, July 22, 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 Fly-In Theater: 633 Squadron (1964, NR), 8:30 p.m. (Memorial For Cliff Robertson, Former EAA Young Eagles Chairman) 5
Tuesday, July 24 A Piper Cub in flight. Photo courtesy of EAA
Warbirds In Review: F-4d Phantom And Mig 21, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Formation Flying With Team Rv, Eaa Welcome Center, 11:30 a.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. Warbirds In Review: Tribute To Piper Cub Featuring L-4 Grasshopper, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m.
Piper Cub Day: 75th Anniversary Celebration Of Piper J-3 Cub
First Wing / Lifetime Member Dinner, Eagle Hangar, 5:30 p.m.
Inaugural Flight Of Eagle Flights Program, Featuring Eaa President/Ceo Rod Hightower And Eaa Vice PresidentChapters And Youth Education Jeff Skiles, Phillips 66 Plaza, 9:30 a.m.
Saluting The Piper Cub, Theater In The Woods, 8 p.m.
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Fly-In Theater: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011, Pg-13), 8:30 p.m. (Presented By Executive Producer David Ellison)
Saluting Dick Vangrunsven, Theater In The Woods, 10 a.m. Team RV performs. Photo courtesy of EAA
Wednesday, July 25 Tribute To The Greatest Generation In The Air, With Salutes To The Doolittle Raiders And Tuskegee Airmen Spirit Of Goodyear Blimp Arrives “Stronger Together” Featuring Eaa President/Ceo Rod Hightower And Other Industry Leaders, 10 a.m.
Warbirds In Review: Corsair And Wildcat, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. “Meet The Ntsb Chairman” Featuring Ntsb Chairman Deborah Hersman And Eaa President/Ceo Rod Hightower, EAA Welcome Center, 11:30 a.m.
Warbirds In Review: P-51s Old Crow And Gentleman Jim With Bud Anderson, Jack Roush, And Jim Hagedorn, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. Greatest Generation In The Air, Theater In The Woods, 8 p.m.
Film director George Lucas (left) with Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee at AirVenture 2011. Photo courtesy of EAA
Fly-In Theater: Red Tails (2012, Pg-13), 8:30 p.m. (Presented By Executive Producer George Lucas, Tuskegee Airmen, And Ford’s Edsel Ford) Concert: Little Texas, Theater In The Woods, 9 p.m.
The GoodYear Blimp at EAA 2010. Northwestern file photo.
Thursday, July 26 Jet Day! Special Flight Activities By Jets Plus Air Show Performances “Test Fly Your Homebuilt” Featuring Eaa Founder Paul Poberezny, Eaa Welcome Center, 10 a.m. “Ntsb Experimental Amateur-Built Safety Study Forum” Featuring Ntsb Chairman Deborah Hersman And Eaa President/ Ceo Rod Hightower, Honda Forums Pavilion #7, 10 a.m. Warbirds In Review: B-29 And B-17, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. “Meet The Faa Administrator” Featuring Faa Administrator Micheal Huerta And Eaa President/Ceo Rod Hightower, Honda Forums Pavilion #7, 11:30 a.m. Warbirds In Review: R.A. “Bob” Hoover With The P-51 Twilight Tear, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. Gathering Of Eagles, Presented By Cessna Aircraft Company, Eagle Hangar, 5:30 p.m. Teen Event: Comedysportz, Theater In The Woods, 6:30 p.m. Teen Event: “Meet And Greet To The Beat”, Theater In The Woods, 8 p.m. Fly-In Theater: Special Presentation To Be Announced.
Spectators snap photos of a group of warbirds flying in formation during the afternoon airshow at AirVenture 2011. Shu-Ling Zhou/of The Northwestern
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Friday, July 27 “Salute To Veterans” Day Presented By Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. All Veterans Receive A Free Hat, Courtesy Of Oshkosh Corporation, And Commemorative Pin, Courtesy Of Scotts Miraclegro (While Supplies Last) Free Veterans Breakfast, Partner Resource Center, 8 a.m. Warbirds In Review: P-40s, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds In Review: Tuskegee Airmen With The P-51, T-6, And PT-17, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m.
Tora! Tora! Tora!, Aerial Reenactment Of Pearl Harbor, Presented By The Commemorative Air Force Old Glory Honor Flight Welcome Home Ceremony, Phillips 66 Plaza, 6 p.m. Canadian Skyhawks, The Official Skydiving Team Of The Canadian Forces Concert: Phil Vassar, Presented By Disabled American Veterans And EAA Warbirds Of America, Theater In The Woods, 8 p.m. Fly-In Theater: Star Trek (2009, Pg-13), 8:30 p.m. (Plus Discussion With Air Racers 3d Director Christian Fry)
Salute To Veterans Parade (All Veterans Invited To Participate), Scotts Warbird Alley To Phillips 66 Plaza, 2 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. (An Expanded “Warbird Extravaganza,” Presented By Sikorsky, Featuring Warbirds From Various Eras) Phil Vassar. Photo courtesy of EAA
Major James A. Ellison, left, returns the salute of Mac Ross of Dayton, Ohio, as he inspects the cadets at the Basic and Advanced Flying School for Negro Air Corps Cadets in this Jan. 23, 1942 file photo at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala. Associated Press Aerobatic pilot Gene Soucy performs at the night airshow at AirVenture 2011. Shu-Ling Zhou/of The Northwestern
Saturday, July 28 Super Saturday Mass Hot Air Balloon Launch, Ultralight Area, 6 a.m. (Weather Permitting) Runway 5k Run/Walk, North 40, 7 a.m. Annual Membership Meeting, Theater In The Woods, 10 a.m. Warbirds In Review: B-25 And The Doolittle Raiders, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. 8
Warbirds In Review: Aeroshell Aerobatic Team & T-6 Texans, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m. (An Expanded Show Featuring Warbirds From Various Eras) Tora! Tora! Tora!, Aerial Reenactment Of Pearl Harbor, Presented By The Commemorative Air Force
Canadian Skyhawks, The Official Skydiving Team Of The Canadian Forces
Rockwell Collins Night Air Show, Followed By Fireworks And “Wall Of Fire,” 8:30 p.m.
Concert: Da Blooze Bros, Presented By Ford Motor Company, Ford Hangar, 6:30 p.m.
Fly-In Theater: The Great Waldo Pepper (1975, PG), 9:30 p.m.
Concert: Boogie Knights, Presented By Southwest Airlines, Theater In The Woods, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 Family Day. Students Ages 6-18 Admitted Free When Accompanied By An Adult Warbirds In Review: Best Of The Best - 2012 Award Winners, Scotts Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds In Review: Red Star Aircraft, Scotts Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Presented By Rockwell Collins, 2 p.m. Canadian Skyhawks, The Official Skydiving Team Of The Canadian Forces Note: This is the latest information available as of the Northwestern’s EAA magazine deadline. Please check with EAA convention week for the latest information.
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Air show performers take to sky to dazzle EAA spectators By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
Twenty-eight different acts will take to the skies during the afternoon air shows at AirVenture 2012. An average of 12 acts will perform each day, with most flying three or four times per week. The schedule is set up to give AirVenture attendees a variety of performances to watch. “We invite most of the top performers in the country,” said Joe Schumacher, director of aircraft operations for AirVenture. “What we try to do is build a good variety of acts, too, so we don’t have too many of one kind of act. And we try to schedule throughout the week so we have a good mix throughout the week on each day.” Schumacher said crowd favorites, such as the AeroShell Team, Kyle Franklin, Sean D. Tucker, Matt Younkin and the Iron Eagles, will
return along with acts that are making their first appearances at the fly-in. Team RV, an act featuring 12 RV kit aircraft that fly in formation, Greg Koontz’s comedy act with the Alabama Boys, and the Canadian Skyhawks, the Canadian military skydiving team, will all be making their first appearance at AirVenture this year. Jim DiMatteo, vice president of AirVenture Features and Attractions, said some of the aircraft flying during the afternoon air show will also tie into themes that are being explored throughout the week, such as the World War II veterans referred to as “The Greatest Generation” and celebrations of various aircraft milestones, such as Van’s Aircraft and the 75th anniversary of the Piper Super Cub. “There’s a little more emphasis on themes, making that connection from
the air show to the celebration in the air,” DiMatteo said.
Air show attendees who come out for the Warbird Spectacular on Friday and Saturday will see a change in the show, Schumacher said. “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Matt Younkin performs in a Twin Beech during a re-enactment of the air show at AirVenture 2011. Adam the Dec. 7, 1941, Jungwirth/of The Northwestern attack on Pearl Harbor, is staged “AirVenture is considered the using aircraft and volunteers from the biggest and best show in the world,” Commemorative Air Force. The show Schumacher said. “If you’re an act features pyrotechnics and is meant and you’re invited to fly at AirVenture, to teach people about how the United States got involved in World War II. that’s huge on your resume. Every The chance to fly at AirVenture is an opportunity many air show performers spend their careers working toward.
performer desires to fly Oshkosh.” Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or email@example.com
AirVenture survival guide 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.
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.)
Here are some fast and easy tips that have proven valuable for AirVenture attendees:
•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.
•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.
•Wear sunglasses. A fairly obvious item on your checklist, one for which your eyes will thank you. A neck strap also comes in handy.
•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.
•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.
•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
•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 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. Source: EAA AIRVENTURE 2012
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The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes a grand appearance at AirVenture 2011. Joe Sienkiewicz of The Northwestern
AirVenture brings international acclaim to Oshkosh, Wisconsin By Jeff Bollier of The Northwestern
From overalls to aviation, Oshkosh has built an international reputation that is the envy of cities far and wide. It began with OshKosh B’Gosh clothing, but it’s AirVenture and the Experimental Aircraft Association that have helped propel the city’s international renown into the 21st century. The international exposure that AirVenture gives Oshkosh is what local and statewide tourism officials say makes the event one of the biggest, most important events in Wisconsin. “AirVenture has been and will always be one of Wisconsin’s 12
top events,” Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said. “It’s a world-class event and the world is in Oshkosh for it. It’s really put the city on the map. And Wisconsin on the map.”
AirVenture alone is estimated to have a $110 million economic impact on Winnebago, Outagamie and Fond du Lac counties, according to a 2008 study. The study indicated 73 percent of those who attend AirVenture each year come from outside Wisconsin. Klett said international travelers alone contribute $600 million annually to the statewide economy. “It’s just a crazy cool event and if you talk about the dollar value
for Wisconsin, it generates not only millions of dollars of tax revenue, but hundreds of millions of dollars in expenditures,” Klett said. “It’s massive. And when you couple the economic impact with the international attention, you can’t put a dollar figure on it.” Other events around the state help bolster tourism and make significant economic impacts. Milwaukee’s Summerfest draws tens of thousands of people from across the state and Great Lakes region each day of its 11-day run and the Wisconsin State Fair draws a significant crowd, too. Oktoberfest brings an estimated 150,000 people to La Crosse each
fall. And the annual Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward is one of the premier events for the sport. But none of them combine those elements into one package like AirVenture does, said Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Wendy Hielsberg. “EAA gives Oshkosh, Wisconsin, international recognition and you can’t pay for that,” Hielsberg said. “The community gets sold out for a radius of 20 miles for that event. I think we were able to attract other significant events because people looked at how the community handles AirVenture AIRVENTURE 2012
FLIGHT CHECK with a population of our size. They learned we know events and can handle them well.” Both the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Wisconsin Tourism heavily promote AirVenture online, in advertising and in promotional videos. Klett said the state promotes AirVenture in its annual events guide, in ads playing on the Wisconsin Radio Network and Iowa radio stations, on social media websites, in print
It’s part of a recent effort to partner with AirVenture EAA Senior Communications Advisor Dick Knapinski said he believes EAA and Wisconsin Tourism have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible by collaborating. He said EAA is pleased to have forged a stronger partnership
“Our name recognition is something the state can use to introduce people who come for AirVenture to everything else available to do in Wisconsin. Do you want to take advantage of
the Dells? Do you want to tour Lambeau Field?” Knapinski said. “Wisconsin has an opportunity to introduce them to everything else going on in the state. And I’m sure they’re excited about that opportunity. It really is something where we can work together. We do look at ourselves as a very important part of Wisconsin’s tourism base.” Jeff Bollier: (920) 426-6688 or jbollier@ thenorthwestern.com
with the state’s tourism agency in recent years and thinks AirVenture can be used as a springboard to introduce visitors to Oshkosh to the myriad events and activities going on elsewhere throughout Wisconsin.
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Air show organizers Since we last met: New restaurants open, tout safety record riverfront’s expanding Reno tragedy spurred hearing By Adam Rodewald Of the Northwestern
Air show organizers have been busy touting their safety record ever since a deadly crash at an air race in Reno one year ago brought the issue into the public spotlight. Eleven people died and about 70 were badly injured during the 2011 Reno Air Races when a World War II-era plane piloted by Experimental Aircraft Association board member Jimmy Leeward crashed and sent parts into the crowd. The Reno incident prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to hold a hearing on air show and air race safety in Washington D.C., earlier this year. EAA’s CEO, Rod Hightower, and Sean Elliott, the organization’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, testified at the hearing. There have been 152 air show and air race accidents in the U.S. since 1986, according to the NTSB. Fatalities occurred in 75 of those accidents, but the Reno incident was the only one with spectator deaths. Air shows and air races are two different animals, said John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows. He said he believes air shows – including EAA’s annual AirVenture convention in Oshkosh – have a top-notch safety record. “If air shows are like public figure skating demonstrations, then air races are like short course speed skating,” Cudahy said. “For anyone who has attended AirVenture, that difference is going to be pretty clear. It’s almost a ballet in the air, a dance by the airplanes.” The culture of safety at AirVenture is exemplary, said Sean Tucker, a stunt pilot from Salinas, Calif., who has been performing at air shows more than 20 years. “It’s a huge honor to fly at EAA, and it’s like a pinnacle to a career,” Tucker said. “If you’re invited, they’re saying you’re the best of the best, so act like it and perform like it.” 14
He said air show performers take safety very seriously because “if you hurt yourself in front of an audience, you take away their dreams. People aren’t coming to air shows to watch a crash. They’re coming to air shows to be inspired.” The Federal Aviation Administration sets stringent safety regulations for air shows, including: • Setting up crowd lines that keep spectators 500 to 1,600 feet away from overhead activity, • Confining flight demonstrations to an “aerobatic box,” • Prohibiting planes from facing the audience while performing an aerobatic maneuver and • Requiring pilots to undergo no less than one competency review annually for each type of aircraft flown in an air show. Hightower and Elliott testified at the NTSB hearing that AirVenture organizers maintain safety by coordinating closely with local officials and emergency responders, the FAA, the NTSB and military units. The efforts have helped ensure no spectators have been killed at an air show in North America in 60 years. And, the number of accidents in which pilots died has been decreasing from an average of four per year more than a decade ago down to an average of two per year more recently, Cudahy said. He said he believes that’s an impressive record given that there are about 300 air shows in North America every year with approximately 5,000 airplane performances. “There’s almost no motor sport in the world that can say that,” Cudahy said about the safety record. Adam Rodewald: (920) 426-6632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jeff Bollier of The Northwestern
Downtown Oshkosh/Central City
From highway construction to hotel renovations, Oshkosh remains a community in transition.
• Caramel Crisp Café, 200 City Center, has added a gifts and décor section to the popular downtown café and bakery. If delicious popcorn isn’t your thing, then stop in for the cookies, gourmet ice cream and selection of old-school candy.
A new owner for the downtown hotel, an Olive Garden, expanded pizza parlors and a new lease on life for the former Boat Yard Bar and Grill on the Fox River are just a few of the changes Oshkosh has undergone since your last visit to town. So, let’s quick run through a few things you might find helpful as you explore Wisconsin’s Event City this week. U.S. Highway 41 Corridor • Hope you brought your appetite for endless breadsticks and salad because Olive Garden, 1190 S. Koeller St., opened in late winter to rave reviews and long waits for service. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant is just one of many new additions to the highway corridor. • If you’re a thin-crust pizza fan, be sure to check out Christiano’s Pizza, 1964 S. Koeller St., and their newly expanded dining room in Target Plaza. And speaking of Target, 1900 S. Koeller St., the big box retailer made a few upgrades inside the store and now carries an expanded line of groceries. • There was little time to spare, but it appears Qdoba, 1990 Menard Drive, will be open just in time to satisfy the appetites of aviators from around the world with their burritos, quesadillas, taco salads and other Mexican fare. The locals have been looking forward to this one for a while! • You’ve probably gotten used to the U.S. Highway 41 road construction since work was underway on the highway during the past two AirVentures. This year will be no different, except this time the State Highway 21 exit is closed, making accessibility to businesses on both sides of the highway a challenge. Use the Ninth Avenue exit and head north to easily access businesses on Highway 21 west of the highway and use the Algoma Boulevard exit and head south to access businesses east of the highway.
• Some of you may have tried the former Boat Yard Bar and Grill in the past, but there’s new management, a new menu and new décor to match the great riverside atmosphere. Dockside Tavern and Spirits, 425 Nebraska St., just off Sixth Avenue, officially opened in February after various renovations and upgrades. Its ambiance these days is to boaters what the Acee Deucee’s tavern is to aviators. • AirVenture regulars may have noticed there are a few less hotel rooms available in Oshkosh this year. That’s because the former City Center Hotel, 1 N. Main St., has been purchased by a partnership of local hoteliers and the University of WisconsinOshkosh Foundation. They’ve undertaken a sorely-needed $14 million renovation of the hotel’s 179 rooms, restaurant and bar space, meeting areas and other amenities. Work won’t be done until early 2013, but the new owners are hoping to make a big splash during AirVenture 2013. • You may notice there’s a lot of work going on along the north shore of the Fox River between the hotel and Becket’s, 1 City Center. That would be continued construction of the city’s river walk urban trail system. There are open segments east of North Main Street and west of Jackson Street if you feel like a nice walk or bike ride. • And finally, if you’re looking for a nice slice of local life, please be sure to check out the Oshkosh Farmers Market Saturday morning as it makes a triumphant return to North Main Street. Farmer’s market organizers opted to make the move permanent this year after attendance quadrupled and the number of vendors doubled last year. Jeff Bollier: (920) 426-6688 or jbollier@ thenorthwestern.com.
U.S. Highway 41 construction moves north Poberezny Road gets upgrade in time for convention By Jessica Opoien of The Northwestern
Summer in Wisconsin inevitably brings construction, which can make a town difficult to navigate for locals and visitors alike. Here’s what you need to know about construction in and around Oshkosh during AirVenture. The most visible construction projects are on U.S. Highway 41, where a multi-year reconstruction and expansion project has now moved north, from the State Highway 21 interchange through Neenah. Reconstruction of the Highway 21 interchange will mean drivers need to plan alternate routes to head west toward Omro or east into Oshkosh’s north side. However, recently opened roundabouts at the intersections of Highway 21 and Washburn Street and Koeller Street will provide improved access to frontage roads and to Highway 21 businesses.
In addition, ramps at the Highway 41 interchange with U.S. Highway 45 interchange recently opened, improving the ease of traveling northwest of Oshkosh. The interchange had been closed since last year. Drivers can also expect to see construction related to the reconstruction of northbound U.S. Highway 41 between Witzel Avenue and Breezewood Lane. Two lanes of traffic will always be open in both directions, said Kris Schuller, communication manager for the DOT. Within construction zones, the speed limit is 55 mph and lanes are 11 feet wide. “Special provisions are written into our contracts to make sure motorists have an easy time heading to the EAA grounds,” Schuller said. “Any major construction which could impact traffic is suspended during the week of
the event. Where possible, barricades are pulled away. The Wisconsin DOT clearly understands the economic importance of EAA and the need to keep the roads open for visitors.” AirVenture visitors will also notice improvements made earlier this year to Poberezny Road. The impact of city construction projects on the south side of Oshkosh will be minimal during AirVenture week, said Assistant Director of Public Works Steve Gohde. The city will delay a potential closure of sections of Main Street to ensure it doesn’t impact traffic during AirVenture, he said. It’s likely that West Sixth Avenue will be closed from Knapp Street to Ohio Street, Gohde said. Irving Avenue will be closed from North Main Street to Bowen Street, and West 12th Avenue will be closed between Ohio and
Construction workers remove a road sign from a ramp as the construction for a new Highway 41 and Highway 21 interchange began last spring. Shu-Ling Zhou/of The Northwestern
Oregon streets. Drivers can expect to see 15th Avenue closed from Oregon Street to Lake Winnebago, and as part of that project, Nebraska Street will also be closed at 15th Avenue. Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or jopoien@ thenorthwestern.com.
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EAA founder looks to the future Paul and Audrey Poberezny to be honored for contributions By Jessica Opoien of The Northwestern
For Paul Poberezny, the last 60 years have gone by “in the blink of an eye.” The Experimental Aircraft Association, which he and his wife, Audrey, founded in the basement of their Hales Corner home in 1953, has gone “from a handful of us building airplanes, to a worldwide organization that’s touched lives all over the world,” Poberezny said. When the first EAA Fly-In Convention was held at CurtissWright Airport in Milwaukee in September 1953, Poberezny and his fellow organizers never envisioned that it would reach the levels it has today. Last year, EAA reported more than 541,000 people attended AirVenture over the course of the seven-day event, and more than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport and other airports in the area. EAA boasts more than 1,000 chapters around the world. This year, to celebrate the 60th annual event, EAA will present several displays illustrating the contributions the Pobereznys have made over the years. “Probably the most important modern-day contribution is all these wonderful people we were able to harness for a real good cause,” Poberezny said, adding how glad he is that the movement brings people from all over the world to Oshkosh. He sometimes worries, though, that people in the community might take AirVenture, and all the visitors who flock to Oshkosh for the event, for granted since it’s been a staple of the community for so long. “There are people from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, that save for years just to pay for a ticket to come here,” Poberezny said. “Sometimes you’re so close, you don’t see that part of it.” AirVenture serves as an AIRVENTURE 2012
Audrey and Paul Poberezny. Photo courtesy of EAA
opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to get together, exchange ideas and see what others have accomplished, Poberezny said, adding that many people never realized they could build an airplane until the organization was founded. “When you put people in a good environment for a cause, putting hands and minds at work to design or create, there’s so much people can do,” he said.
down-to-earth, family-friendly event from day one. The kids he saw at early AirVenture events with their families are now grandparents, bringing their own families to Oshkosh.
1938. There are more restrictions on flight than ever, in the name of safety and security. Dealing with those restrictions presents a challenge, but Poberezny said he sees a good future for aviators.
Looking to the future, Poberezny said he sees EAA and AirVenture growing “constantly,” and hopes the event doesn’t outgrow the facilities it currently occupies.
“If you love something quite a bit, you’ll find a way,” Poberezny said, adding that he is thankful for the good working relationship he’s had with the Federal Aviation Administration over the years.
“We’re not only building airplanes, but building human beings with higher moral standards and togetherness, through aviation.” Paul Poberezny
AirVenture creates a common bond of goodwill, Poberezny said, adding that it has been a clean,
The field has changed significantly since Poberezny was a high school student learning how to rebuild an airplane in
For Poberezny, EAA is about more than just the machines, and even more than the experience of flight. For him, it’s about the people. “We’re not only building airplanes, but building human beings with higher moral standards and togetherness, through aviation,” Poberezny said. Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or jopoien@ thenorthwestern.com
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Q&A with EAA President Rod Hightower By Jeff Bollier of The Northwestern
Experimental Aircraft Association President Rod Hightower hasn’t wasted any time since he joined the organization two years ago. He’s visited hundreds of chapters and met thousands of members to get an idea of what’s on their minds, what impacts them and where the aviation HIGHTOWER organization’s future lies. Hightower has turned the information he and his staff have gathered into a more succinct plan to keep EAA at the forefront of general, homebuilt, vintage and experimental aviation. It’s required a lot of behind-thescenes work, but Hightower hopes members and AirVenture visitors alike see improved and enhanced services, programs and information as a result. QUESTION: The organization has made some important changes in staffing and focus over the last six months. How do you expect those changes to play out during AirVenture? ANSWER: I think there’s certainly some impact. The question: Will everybody notice it or not? First of all, we shaped the organization to strengthen our focus on six key areas and one of those key areas is obviously AirVenture. So we have a very capable and very strong new leader in AirVenture, Jimmy DiMatteo as vice president of features and attractions for AirVenture. Jim DiMatteo is a retired naval captain, head of the Navy Top Gun schools and former organizer and creator of the Red Bull Air Races series, so a very, very knowledgeable and experienced aviator who brings a lot to the table in terms of how to enhance the features and attractions at AirVenture. I think part of Jimmy’s impact has already been in balancing the air show. We have one of the most exciting air shows 26
I think you will have ever seen coming up at AirVenture this year. … We’re going to have a lot of fun at AirVenture this year. Q: There’s a lot going on, but it doesn’t seem like there’s that one thing that SpaceShipOne or the Airbus A380 that even before the event starts to solidify interest. It sounds like there is plenty going on, but do you think there might be more of a general focus on members and homebuilders this year? A: AirVenture is always a wide scope. We have military static displays here, C-130s, we have all types of airplanes. The Orbis (Flying) Eye (Hospital) airplane is going to be here. It’s a complete hospital included in the airplane. There are some big airplanes coming. Also we have Vans’ RV-1, the very first Vans design, is going to be here and featured. But when you talk about things like a brand new airplane, for one thing, brand new airplanes like the (Boeing) 787 or the A380, they don’t come along every year. So if you look back on some of the most exciting, dynamic, big AirVentures — 787 truly a big thing, A380, the Concorde — those are some of the things that really generated a lot of excitement. And I think they only come along every so often. And when they do, they come to AirVenture and that’s a powerful thing when those types of opportunities present themselves. It’d be great to have an A380 here every year. They just don’t invent a new airplane every year. Q: What has Jim DiMatteo brought to AirVenture in his short time in charge of the organization’s signature event? Do you see his fingerprint on the event already? A: We do. We see Jim’s fingerprint and one area I think membership and attendees will notice in a big way is we have the world’s longest flight line in all of aviation. It’s a long flight line. One of the challenges to that flight line has been the audio and sound. One thing Jim’s brought in that is going to be different this year
is a substantially updated sound capability so we can communicate more effectively what’s going on in the air show in a way that more people from further distance away can enjoy and hear. And that includes putting some remote sound in locations around the grounds where there tend to be gatherings of people watching the air show, but they’re not right up on the flight line. What I think you can expect from Jim’s impact next year and in future years is in how we’re going to bring the show to more of the audience. The good news about that long flight line is it’s a big, long flight line. The bad news about that flight line is it’s a big, long flight line, so if you want to see what’s going on in close action when the performers step out of their airplanes, if you’re not at show center you really can’t see it. You can see it, but you sure can’t tell what’s going on. We want to bring the show to people in a more impactful way. The other impact I think Jim’s going to bring to the table is his influence in the military. Jim has a tremendous amount of relationships on the military side of aviation and I think that’s going to bring a dimension a lot of folks have said they want to see more of at AirVenture. They want to see more military hardware and I think it’s terrific Jim brings that to the table. Let’s not forget this is Jim’s first AirVenture. There’s a lot of learning going on. Q: What do you consider your major accomplishments since you took over as CEO of EAA? What are you most proud of or think will have the most impact on the organization that is EAA? A: I feel particularly proud of the grassroots pilot tour where my staff and myself have gone out into the chapters and into the membership and traveled the country very, very extensively in the last 18 months to get a great understanding of what’s taking place in the field of aviation, in a broader sense, and also, specifically, what’s on the minds of our members and their chapter
leaders. I am very, very proud of the grassroots pilot tour and very, very pleased to be out there and in touch with the membership in a way that is very impactful. We’ve accomplished a lot of things in 18 months and the list is a pretty big list. When you look back on it, you think ‘Did we really get all that done in 18 months?’ We had a substantial transition of leadership at a very highprofile aviation organization, so that’s a big deal. We successfully accomplished that. We shaped the organization to strengthen the organization’s focus on our six core areas. I’m very pleased about that. We’ve created an employee development and education capability in the business and it is already delivering programs to educate our employees. We’ve not had that before and I’m very pleased about it. … We’ve enhanced our magazine content and size substantially. The response to changes in our magazines have been overwhelmingly positive and I’m very pleased and very proud of what we’re doing in publications now. We’ve also created a master site planning commission where we’re planning out how we manage the site plan here for the facilities and the 1,400 acres we manage here at Wittman Regional Airport, obviously related very strongly to AirVenture, but also related to year-round activities that take place here. And we’ve engaged our stakeholders and given them all a seat at the table. We’ve created a museum committee to be able to take our museum to the next phase. We have a world-class aviation museum here and there are some opportunities out there to capture in that museum, and a very competent and capable museum committee has been formed to capture that opportunity. … And we’ve expanded our air tour operations with the addition of a second Ford Tri-Motor. Not only will our AirVenture visitors AIRVENTURE 2012
THE PEOPLE appreciate that so they don’t have to wait in the long lines they’ve traditionally waited in for Tri-Motor rides, but that second aircraft is also out on the air tour program delivering the message and mission of EAA to inspire people to fly and engage in aviation. Q: Are changes to the grounds still ongoing? In the last two-plus years, there have been some significant upgrades. Are there more changes this year? A: There are. We’re making improvements in the campgrounds this year. We are in the planning phases, though it will not be completed this year, for expanding our hard-stand camping, so folks with big rigs that want to park on concrete can. You’ll see that next year, but you’ll see the sites being laid out this year because the planning process and construction process takes awhile. We’ve spent over $8 million in the last four years on site improvements at AirVenture: A tremendous amount of work on drainage, which continues. A tremendous amount on roads and venue upgrades continues. The addition of bathroom and shower facilities continues. It’s an ongoing process. The other thing that’s new this year is the grass runway. We have a grass runway so we can land and recover the type of airplanes and pilots that feel more comfortable landing on grass than they do on pavement. … We’re excited and pleased about that. And homebuilder camping has been expanded (off northern taxiway P2). I think the homebuilder campers will like that. Homebuilding is growing so dramatically that they’re outgrowing their space a bit. Q: Can you give members and visitors an update on the staffing transitions? Next steps coming or what still needs to be filled in? A: Most of the staffing structure is in place and exactly the way it will be for quite a long time. All the senior leadership positions are filled. … And it is the way it’s going to be for quite a long time. Most remaining positions are below the senior leadership level. So, for example, strengthening AIRVENTURE 2012
the marketing department and strengthening membership services. I think our members will really appreciate the transformation that’s occurred in member services. It’s now 100 percent staffed and built out. We’re in the full-blown operating mode right now. There are no more changes to the organization planned. Q: What are you looking forward to seeing or doing at AirVenture this year? A: It’s a huge event that has so much richness in breadth and depth to it that I can’t possibly participate in all the things I want to participate in. The things I look forward to are getting connected with our members. We have a really special thing that takes place on Thursday night, the Gathering of the Eagles. It’s the biggest night in all of aviation fundraising. It’s a powerful night, great cause, inspiring young people to fly and engaging in aviation. It’s really one of the key things EAA is all about. But the people, the friends that come together that night over the love of aviation and inspiring young people make it a powerful night. It’s one of my favorite nights of the whole event. But getting connected with the members, wherever they are, whether it’s the campground or enjoying the show, is absolutely my favorite part. And celebrating some things with those members such as the lifetime dinner, the Young Eagle dinner, the chapter leaders breakfast I love that. Those are some of my favorite things to socialize with our members, our friends and supporters and business partners. And as an aviator, I’m also a consumer. It’s hard for me to move around inconspicuously while I shop for stuff. I’ve got a list of things I buy at AirVenture each year, too. My challenge is getting to see all the vendors that offer the coolest, latest and greatest stuff for aviators. It truly is fun. And I have to say I’m not the shopping type, but when it comes to looking for the latest and greatest in aviation stuff, I’m all for that. … And I think it’s best not to divulge what I’m about to buy for fear the prices might go up when they find out. But there are
some purchases that are planned for this AirVenture as there always are. Q: Is the economy the same issue it has been in recent years? Do you expect it to affect attendance or membership levels? A: I think it has been affecting attendance and membership. I don’t think membership levels has been affected as much by the economy as attendance at AirVenture can be. Membership is a $40 a year investment if you’re a typical member. But a trip to AirVenture is a lot more than that in terms of an investment, so we believe this long, drawn out recession that’s been underway for four years now has had a stifling affect on AirVenture during the past four years and I think some of that will continue. Even though we’ve seen a softening of fuel prices recently, look at the price of fuel compared to five years ago. It’s substantially different. And airplanes use a lot of gas. It’s very much on the mind of aviators everywhere: What’s the future look like? We keep getting mixed news lately. … I think it’s very much on peoples’ minds. Q: What do you see as the next steps EAA must take in light of the NTSB’s ruling on experimental aircraft? Was the NTSB right considering the statistics seem to back up what they have to say or do the statistics tell a different story? A: That’s an incredibly insightful question. The NTSB’s 16 recommendations are truly unprecedented and historymaking. They’re history-making in the sense that the NTSB, and largely the FAA, have traditionally had very light regulatory impact on the experimental, amateur-built aircraft. What’s happened over the years is the safety records for commercial airlines, business transportation and even general aviation have improved whereas experimental aircraft accident records have not improved much, even though (experimental, amateur-built) is the fastest growing segment of aviation. We registered more aircraft than the others combined. So let’s balance that out with the fast-growing experimental
aircraft marketplace. The EAB market, the EAB safety record has not been what we think it can be. The result of that is that as the safety record of the other segments has improved and we’re a standout to the NTSB to the point where the NTSB has put general aviation safety on their most wanted list. So EAA has been working in a very proactive way and we responded to the FAA’s fiveyear Transforming General Aviation Safety strategy of two years ago by creating the Type Club Coalition. The Type Club Coalition is a leading practice of bringing the best practices of safety and flight training into the fleets of the type clubs, including experimental, amateur-built. Do I think the NTSB is right in trying to improve safety for experimental and amateur built? Absolutely. But what I’m very troubled by is the regulatory implications that may come with that. We’ve enjoyed tremendous freedoms in the experimentaland amateur-built category to do what we’d like to do with innovation and to create the best possible combination of price and performance available in all of aviation. So that’s a good thing. It’s enabled more people to fly. It’s lowered the barriers to entry into aviation and it’s engaged more people in aviation. Regulation will change that. We’re hoping we can improve that safety record as an industry by engaging the Type Club Coalition, instilling those best practices in the EAB community, changing the culture toward safety in the EAB community and improving that culture to be more aware of the risk areas or hot spot accident types. The industry wants to do that ahead of regulation. And if we take a look at the NTSB’s recommendations, most of them are very, very sensible. Jeff Bollier: (920) 426-6688 or jbollier@ thenorthwestern.com.
Retired naval aviator looks to take AirVenture experience to next level By Jeff Bollier of The Northwestern
When your new job is planning events and activities at what’s already recognized as the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, it might seem like a lot of the groundwork has already been laid. But new Experimental Aircraft Association Vice President for AirVenture Features and DIMATTEO Attractions Jim DiMatteo looks at it in the exact opposite way. DiMatteo, 49, expects he will have quite the balancing act as he takes over responsibilities for everything from air show performers and speakers to authors — and to movies, concerts, exhibitors and product launches. “I have a huge respect for the history and heritage of AirVenture. When people say it’s their 40th visit to Oshkosh, I can’t
even describe how unique that is,” he said. “The core objective in this scenario, for me, is to update, enhance and improve on an already great event.” DiMatteo may not be a lifelong EAA member, but there’s no doubt he knows his way around aircraft. He only recently retired from the U.S. Navy, with the rank of captain, after 28 years as a fighter pilot who flew more than 5,000 hours in five different aircraft. He also spent five years as director of the Red Bull Air Races from 2006-2011. He flew 72 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm and served as commanding officer for TOPGUN Adversary Squadrons in Florida and Nevada, eventually rising to overseeing all TOPGUN programs. It doesn’t hurt any that his 90-year-old father, Dominic, and his brother, David, both fly as well. He said his father flew more than 50 different naval aircraft beginning in World War II. “My passion for aviation started
with my family,” he said. “My dad is my personal hero.” DiMatteo hopes to bring his familiarity with military aircraft and the air races to bear on AirVenture in coming years. He hopes to expand on the current military aircraft and state-of-theart public and private innovations AirVenture brings to Oshkosh and give companies involved in manned space flight a platform for announcing new developments. “Space travel companies need a forum for it after NASA really opened up this new world of commercialized, manned space travel,” he said. “I see it as the future. It builds excitement in a new generation of people. We want to pursue the latest and greatest developments as we honor the past and embrace the future of aviation.” He also wants to adopt new audio and visual technology advancements to enhance the air show experience for everyone who attends. He said new digital cameras and upgraded sound
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Jim DiMatteo »Age: 49 »From: California »Job: EAA vice president of AirVenture features and attractions »Family: Wife, Kathy, and two children, ages 8 and 11 »Background: Navy fighter pilot, 1984-2012, retired as a captain Red Bull Air Races director, 2006-2011
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Legendary Steve Miller Band to open AirVenture
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By Carol Heffernan for The Northwestern
With hit songs including “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Jet Airliner,” it’s only fitting that one of rock music’s all-time greats, The Steve Miller Band, is kicking off the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture on Monday, July 23. The Steve Miller Band, fronted by Milwaukee native Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, is one of the most popular classic rock bands of the ’70s. With their iconic style and trademark blues-rock sound, the band has made an indisputable mark on music history, selling upwards of 30 million records in a career spanning more than four decades. The group’s classic hits
have landed them on the top of the charts with songs like “Jungle Love,” “Swingtown,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Abracadabra.” In 1973, “The Joker” catapulted up the singles charts and remained No. 1 for 20 weeks. The band’s songs are still played daily by classic rock stations across the country. Steve Miller was born in Milwaukee and rubbed elbows early on with notable musicians including Les Paul, T-Bone Walker and Boz Scaggs. Miller attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before founding The Steve Miller Band in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Most recently, the band released “Bingo!,” an album of blues
and R&B covers in 2010, and a companion release, “Let Your Hair Down,” in 2011. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said the Monday concerts at AirVenture provide “an enthusiastic kickoff to the event.” “We had the Beach Boys here seven years ago and they were so well received that within two to three years, the concert
became a tradition, Knapinski said. “We have people – aviators and residents – asking us who’s coming to Oshkosh for the opening night concert. The Steve Miller Band has been on the shortlist of people we’ve wanted to have at AirVenture and we’re excited they’re coming.” Carol Heffernan is a freelance writer for the Oshkosh Northwestern.
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Vassar to cap veterans salute By Samantha Strong of The Northwestern
Country music star Phil Vassar will join the grand finale of AirVenture’s Salute to Veterans Day. The award-winning country music artist will perform at the finale concert, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at the Theater in the Woods on AirVenture grounds. The concert, hosted by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans, was a last-minute addition to the musical line-up. Typically AirVenture’s Friday concerts draw more than 6,000 attendees, EAA’s website said, and Vassar’s performance will be one of the main attractions of the veteranfocused day. “The past couple of years, The Warbirds and the DAV have worked together to bring Gary SSinise and The Lt. Dan Band, but this year Gary had a conflict,” said Dick Knapinski, EAA’s director of communications. “The DAV and Warbirds wanted to continue the Friday night concert tradition and keep saluting the vets, and were able to book Vassar.” Vassar has written hits for artists such as Tim McGraw,
PHIL VASSAR AT EAA »What: Salute to veterans concert »When: Friday, July 27, 8 p.m. »Were: Theater in the Woods »Details: Included with daily admission. Hosted by the Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America. Photo courtesy of EAA
Collin Raye and Jo Dee Messina. He also has his own hits, including “Don’t Miss Your Life.” He was twice named songwriter of the year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, among other awards and honors. “I think it’ll be an excellent performance,” Knapinski said. “His songwriting and performances are all top notch and we’re happy to have him.” Not only can Vassar sing and write songs, but he also plays the piano. The Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1920, that has 1.2 million members. Warbirds of America is a nonprofit division of EAA that is dedicated to preserving former military aircraft, also called warbirds. The Warbirds group has been in existence since 1964. “The big thing is this performance is part of a full day of supporting veterans,” Knapinski said. “Anything that happens on that particular day, is really in consideration for that total salute to the veterans.” Samantha Strong: (920) 426-6658 or sstrong@ thenorthwestern.com
Kyle Franklin performs in a PA-18 Super Cub. Photo by Larry Raulston/Franklin’s Flying Circus. Photo courtesy of EAA.
Franklin: ‘It’s everything you’re not supposed to do’ By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
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A word of advice for any wannabe pilots watching Kyle Franklin perform: Don’t do what he does.
“You’re on the edge a lot,” Franklin said. “It’s everything you’re not supposed to do and it’s taking it to that point of knowing when to stop so you don’t go too far.”
It’s not the kind of flying flight instructors teach their students. “Everything they ever teach you not to do is what I go and do in this airplane,” the 32-year-old Neosho, Mo., pilot said. Franklin will show off his unconventional flying style to AirVenture crowds this year during his PA-18 Super Club comedy routine. Piloting a plane he learned to fly at age 8, Franklin said the routine includes stalling from 100 feet off the ground and dragging the wing tips on the ground. “When I start making a big scene, they get up on their feet. It catches them off guard,” Franklin said. “By the time they figure out it’s a joke, they’re excited. Everybody does really enjoy the act.” The performance is similar to the routine his father Jimmy Franklin used to perform, but Franklin said he’s tweaked it and made it his own over the years. The comedy routine is just one of many Franklin performs at air shows. However, he said it is the hardest he’s ever flown. Being able to “fly that badly” and not crash leaves
Franklin returns to AirVenture after missing the convention in 2011. His wife, Amanda, died in May 2011, due to complications from burns she received in a crash during an air show performance. Franklin was also injured in the crash that killed his 25-year-old wife. After recovering from his injuries, Franklin performed in four air shows last summer. “Flying is what I do, it’s what I love to do,” Franklin said. “I was back in the airplane as soon as I could afterwards. It’s like driving a car and getting into an accident. It’s the same way with me and flying.” Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or jwoldt@ thenorthwestern.com
KYLE FRANKLIN When: Friday, July 27- Sunday, July 29 » Name: Kyle Franklin » Age: 32 » Lives: Neosho, Mo. » Act: PA-18 Super Cub comedy routine » Website: www.franklinairshows.com AIRVENTURE 2012
The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that it was “a date which will live in infamy” and Congress declared war on Japan the morning after. Associated Press
Re-enacting America’s ‘Day of Infamy’ By Laura K. Selenka of the Northwestern
One of the most popular displays on the national air show circuit will make its AirVenture debut during the Friday and Saturday afternoon air shows. “Tora, Tora, Tora,” named for the movie detailing the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, is a re-creation of that attack performed 12 to 16 times per year by the Texasbased Commemorative Air Force.
From top: Japanese planes are shown during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Associated Press
The narrated re-enactment provides a historically accurate account of the attack that began the United States’ involvement in World War II. The presentation includes artful details such as Japanese pilots saluting with their cultural bow before boarding eight Japanese
aircraft. Patti Collins, public relations manager for the CAF, describes the aim of the show as, “not to glorify war or what happened at Pearl Harbor, but to remind us where our freedom came from.” She likens it to “bringing the CAF museum to various locations.” Roughly 25 volunteers travel with the show, including pilots, ground crew and a pyrotechnic team responsible for over 60 special effects, Collins said. The show holds the Guinness World Record for its wall of fire. “I don’t know if they are attempting to break their record, but I can guarantee a spectacular show,” Collins said.
Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA’s Warbirds of America, is excited to “tell the story of World War II aviation from start to finish.” On Friday, the world’s only airworthy B-29 Bomber will be displayed. On that day, visitors will be able see dozens of America’s early World War II aircraft present at the re-enactment, and also view the B-29 Bomber exhibit, which represents the conclusion of the war with the dropping of the atomic bomb. Tora, Tora, Tora was the recipient of the 2001 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship, and the 2011 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award. Laura K. Selenka is a freelance writer for the Oshkosh Northwestern.
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Team hopes to bring recovered Navy plane from Lake Michigan to AirVenture By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
Organizers hope a World War II-era plane that has been resting at the bottom of Lake Michigan since 1944 will be on display during a Warbirds in Review session at AirVenture this year, giving attendees a chance to not only learn about the aircraft, but also the importance of restoring historic aircraft. An Illinois company has been working recovering the Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber from the depths of Lake Michigan.
It expects to have the plane pulled from the lake in time to bring it to AirVenture, where it will be featured during a Wednesday session of Warbirds in Review.
important that every airframe out there is preserved to show future generations the aircraft that their grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles flew during combat times.”
During World War II the Navy had two aircraft carriers stationed in Lake Michigan, which were used to train pilots. Mechanical issues or botched landings led to some of the planes landing in the water.
(The Northwestern’s AirVenture magazine went to press before the project was approved and recovery was attempted. Check our website for the latest information).
“This particular Navy airplane will show what our members are doing to preserve history,” said Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America. “It’s really
After AirVenture the plane will be taken to The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., where it will be fully restored, Fischer said. The dive-bomber is just one of many aircraft that will be on display during the 14 Warbirds in Review from the period between 1940 and 1970. An interactive event, organizers have scheduled the airplane’s owner and a military veteran
who flew the plane to talk about the aircraft before opening the hourlong session up to the audience for questions. “We’ll pull a specific airplane right onto the concrete ramp and display it for the crowd,” Fischer said. “The owner of the airplane and a combat veteran who flew the plane during his military career will get up in front of the crowd, talk about what it’s like to fly in today’s civilian environment and the veteran will talk about what it was like to fly it during the military environment.”
See page 36 for more details on the proposed recovery.
As the popularity of the sessions has grown, EAA has added additional concrete and bleacher seating and made upgrades to the public address system, Fischer said. Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WARBIRDS IN REVIEW SCHEDULE » Monday, July 23, 10 a.m. – L-19 Bird Dog, Vietnam Tribute » Monday, July 23, 1 p.m. – P-38 Glacier Girl » Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. – F-4D Phantom and MiG 21 » Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m. – Tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub with combat veteran Paul Harrington » Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m. – Corsairs and Wildcats » Wednesday, July 25, 1 p.m. – P-51s Old Crow and Gentleman Jim with Bud Anderson, Jack Roush and Jim Hagedorn » Thursday, July 26, 10 a.m. – B-29 and B-17 » Thursday, July 26, 1 p.m. – R.A. “Bob” Hoover with the P-51 Twilight Tear, 2011 Warbird Grand Champion owned by Ron Fagen » Friday, July 27, 10 a.m. – P-40s » Friday, July 27, 1 p.m. – Tuskegee Airmen with P-51, T-6 and PT-17 » Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. – B-25 and the Doolittle Raiders » Saturday, July 28, 1 p.m. – Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and its T-6 Texans » Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. – Best of the Best » Sunday, July 29, 1 p.m. – Red Star Aircraft 34
Rare German Junkers Ju52 makes first trans-Atlantic flight in 75 years By Laura K. Selenka for The Northwestern
A rare German Junkers Ju 52 will be a main flight line attraction at this year’s AirVenture. In June, “Aunt Ju” made her first cross Atlantic flight since 1937 to join air enthusiasts in Oshkosh. The Ju 52’s contribution to European luxury travel began in 1932. By 1938, the Ju52 was providing 75 percent of all German passenger flights, and remained a main part of European aviation for over 30 years. The aircraft provided quiet, comfortable trimotor air travel. The unique design of the Junker Ju52 includes grooved wings and open access cockpit. The airplane is crafted from light-weight materials, principally aluminum, a cutting edge choice for designer Hugo Junkers in 1932. Sponsoring her American appearance is Rimowa, a luggage company whose legacy is intertwined with the plane. Amy Jakubaitis, public relations spokeswoman for Rimowa, said Paul Morszeck founded the company in Cologne, Germany, in 1898 to provide travelers with steamer trunks built of wood and leather. In 1932, his son, Richard, was so inspired by the light-weight design of the Junkers Ju52, that he created a new design mimicking the aircraft. His aluminum luggage
The RIMOWA Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor, with EAA’s Jeff Kaufman, after the April announcement in Germany that AirVenture would be included on the airplane’s North American tour. Photo by Marino Boric. Photo courtesy of EAA.
captured the corrugated look of the Ju52, and soon, the airplane itself was called “The Flying Suitcase.” EAA Curator of Collections Ron Twellman said that while advances and inventions within the airplane industry will often build off of previous designs, it is “fairly unique that someone outside the
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The Junkers Ju52 is currently operated by the Swiss aerospace company Ju-AIR, which specializes in the preservation of historic aircraft. They operate three original Ju52s all of which were built around 1939. Before arriving
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Team works to recover plane from bottom of Lake Michigan Navy aircraft crashed during 1944 training mission By Laura K. Selenka for The Northwestern
Taras Lyssenko is eagerly awaiting an upcoming air venture on Lake Michigan. Unlike tourists flocking to picturesque sunrises and abundant water-play, Lyssenko knows this Great Lake holds historic gems in her depths. His eye is set on a World War II FM2 Wildcat, 200 feet below the surface. Ensign William Forbes was in the plane on Dec. 28, 1944, when the Wildcat’s engine unexpectedly quit during a take-off run in a qualification training exercise for the U.S. Navy. A restart attempt failed and the plane rolled over the bow of the ship, sinking into Lake Michigan, according to Navy records. The Navy was always prepared to minimize the damage from such accidents – two boats were always nearby to rescue men and buoy any planes that needed help – but on that December day in 1944, the pilot was saved; the plane was not. Lyssenko has a passion for finding sunken ships around the southern basin of Lake Michigan, a hobby that began in the 1980s. But as his familiarity with the lake’s floor grew, he realized, “I’m finding more airplanes than ships out there.” That led him to join forces with likeminded hobbyist Allan Olson to create A&T Recovery, which secures funding from museums and donors to recover and restore the curiosities of sunken aircraft. Thanks to a strong working relationship with the U.S. Navy, A&T Recovery boasts close to fourdozen airplane recoveries. Upon surveying an underwater airplane, Lyssenko turns into a detective, using licensing numbers to pinpoint the plane’s history. The military record of the accident is obtained; the pilot identified. The 36
team works with a genealogist in England to search for the pilot or living relatives. When possible, they obtain the pilot’s personal flight records. By the time A&T Recovery brings an airplane to the water’s surface, a respectable history lesson has been developed. Lyssenko’s got his sights set on recovering Forbes’ Wildcat for display at EAA AirVenture 2012 (The Northwestern’s AirVenture magazine went to press before the project was approved and recovery was attempted. Check our website for the latest information). The Navy’s final approval for this recovery was pending as of press time. A lengthy approval process included deciding which of two airplanes to recover first. The other current airplane of interest is a Douglas SBD Dauntless Divebomber. Once Navy approval is obtained, Lyssenko’s main concern is the weather. “The Great Lakes have turbulent weather,” he said. “We need very calm waters. The weather is our enemy.” Then, the enormous task of recovery begins. “It’s an awful lot of work to recover from this depth,” Lyssenko said. “It’s a logistical nightmare.” Gleaning understanding of the airplane’s structure from the original manuals and engineering drawings, A&T Recovery will use a robot to attach lines to the structural parts of the airplane. They have developed their own Heave Compensation System, which allows them to recover items in one piece. The lift is conducted slowly, with airbags, until they reach the OSHAdesignated depth for an untethered dive team to guide and complete the recovery. After display at AirVenture
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2012, the Wildcat would be transported to the Naval Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., for full restoration and permanent display. Following this mission from Seattle, Wash., is Christine Smith, the daughter of the ensign who had flown the craft in 1944. Her father died in 2008, but she said she is sure “he’s just smiling at the thought going into this and in appreciation of all the efforts.” After the crash during the Navy exercise over Lake Michigan, she said he later had to make another unexpected landing, this time in the Pacific. Her father was a storyteller, she said, and she remembers him talking about the “terribly frigid” temperature of Lake Michigan when he crashed. “I wish I could just replay the stories,
or just ask him, ‘Dad, will you please tell me that story again?’” Laura K. Selenka is a freelance writer for the Oshkosh Northwestern.
FiFi flights offered out of Outagamie County Airport By Samantha Strong ofThe Northwestern
The world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Bomber, FiFi, will return to AirVenture on display and for an opportunity for attendees to purchase tickets to take a flight.
The CAF crew carries a microphone, King said, to allow veterans who come to see FiFi to tell their stories of war or of friends who they may have lost.
The flights will take place at Outagamie County Regional Airport between July 22 and July 29. FiFi will be flown into AirVenture by Commemorative Air Force pilots and crew, who are looking forward to this year’s show.
B-29s were first flown in 1942 during World War II. It was a B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. B-29s were also used in the Korean War.
Debbie King works as a grounds crewmember helping with safety precautions, and is also going to be starting to train to fly FiFi. King has been coming to AirVenture since the 1990s. “FiFi’s the crown jewel on the CAF fleet of aircraft and just something that’s super special,” King said. “A lot of people, especially veterans, get taken back to a time with their friends on the aircraft and in situations they were
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SkyHawks to make Oshkosh debut By Samantha Strong ofThe Northwestern
The Canadian SkyHawks Parachute Team will make its first performances at AirVenture on Friday, July 27, and appear throughout the weekend. The SkyHawks, the official skydiving team of the Canadian Forces, are in their 41st season and have been performing every weekend in countries around the world, said Public Affairs Office Captain Indira Thackorie. The parachute team plans to reach a milestone number of spectators at AirVenture. “This is the largest aviation event in the world, so we’re super pumped,” Thackorie said. “If AirVenture gets as many people to attend as planned, we will have performed for a total of 75 million people worldwide.” The team has nine permanent core members, and holds tryouts 38
each year to fill needed spots. Every year, the team is different because, Thackorie said, anyone who wants to try out, can. Those selected after preliminary tryouts
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SKYHAWKS PARACHUTE TEAM PERFORMANCE When: Friday, July 27- Sunday, July 29 Details: For more information about the SkyHawks team, go to www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/skyhawks/. go through a five-week training camp, where they jump eight to 10 times per day. “It’s intense and long and tiring, but it’s the level of skills you need to be able to be on a team like this since we perform every weekend, May through October,” Thackorie said. Thackorie said the team plans
“We do things that are not often done because they are so difficult and complex,” Thackorie said. “Most jumpers want to stay away from each other, but our guys come together to perform together.” Thackorie said the SkyHawks even do stunts where they break from each other only 10-feet from
the ground, which she said is very rare for a team to do. The SkyHawks, supported by the Canadian Army, are based in Trenton, Ontario. The team trains alongside Canadian soldiers and many team members are from the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force. SkyHawk parachute rigger Mark Smith is one of the members who will be performing, as a rigger. In that role, Smith said he is mostly focused on the safety and maintenance of the parachutes. “We’ve all been practicing our skills at other shows and training camps because this is going to be our biggest show yet,” Smith said. “We’re all really excited to come and it’ll be a great show.” Samantha Strong: (920) 426-6658 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Air show acts take to sky to dazzle spectators By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
Twenty-eight different acts will take to the skies during the afternoon air shows at AirVenture 2012. An average of 12 acts will perform each day, with most flying three or four times per week. The schedule is set up to give AirVenture attendees a variety of performances to watch. “We invite most of the top performers in the country,” said Joe Schumacher, director of aircraft operations for AirVenture. “What we try to do is build a good variety of acts, too, so we don’t have too many of one kind of act. And we try to schedule throughout the week so we have a good mix throughout the week on each day.”
favorites, such as the AeroShell Team, Kyle Franklin, Sean D. Tucker, Matt Younkin and the Iron Eagles, will return along with acts that are making their first appearances at AirVenture. Team RV, an act featuring 12 RV kit aircraft that fly in formation, Greg Koontz’s comedy act with the Alabama Boys, and the Canadian SkyHawks, the Canadian military skydiving team, will all be making their first appearance at AirVenture this year. Jim DiMatteo, vice president of AirVenture Features and Attractions, said some of the aircraft flying during the afternoon air show will also tie into themes that are being explored throughout the week, such as the World War II veterans referred to as “The
Greatest Generation” and celebrations of various aircraft milestones, such as Van’s Aircraft and the 75th anniversary of the Piper Super Cub. “There’s a little more emphasis on themes, making that connection from the air show to the celebration in the air,” DiMatteo said.
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Sky to light up on Saturday night Aerobatic Team, Bob Carlton and Gene Soucy, all of whom have Events still aren’t over when performed in past night shows. the sun sets on Super Saturday Two acts that haven’t flown in at the Experimental Aircraft the night air show before, Bill Association’s AirVenture. The night air show is scheduled Leff and his T-6, and jet dragster to begin around 8:30 p.m. The show For the third year, air show Wicked Willy, will also perform. will be followed by a fireworks performers will The Canadian take to the sky SkyHawks, Saturday, July 28, the military and perform their parachute team, routines as dusk will also be When: Saturday, July 28 about 8:30 p.m. turns to darkness. involved in the Air show performers will perform with lights and pyrotechnics, followed by show, said Jim Those on the a fireworks show and the Wall of Fire. ground will be Schumacher, dazzled by the director performances, of aircraft which make use operations for AirVenture. display and the highly popular Wall of lights and pyrotechnics and Once the planes have been of Fire. routines choreographed to music. parked, the sky will be lit up with Five acts are already confirmed “People enjoy the night air a dazzling fireworks show, which to perform during the night air show because it’s different,” said Schumacher said has been called show, including the AeroShell Jim DiMatteo, vice president one of the best in the area. The
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of AirVenture Features and Attractions. “It allows the pyrotechnics to really be amplified and make a big impact.”
night comes to a close with an evening display of the Wall of Fire. “It’s been a huge hit and much bigger than we ever anticipated,” Schumacher said. Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or jwoldt@ thenorthwestern.com
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New club to host safety seminars By Adam Rodewald of The Northwestern
Radek Wyrzykowski had a bit of a wakeup call the first time he flew a plane in cloudy conditions. Pilots must rely on their instrument panels to fly when clouds, inclement weather or other conditions obscure the view of their surroundings. But Wyrzykowski, of Norwood, Mass., said his training in instrument flight had not prepared him for navigating the actual conditions. He came through fine in the end, but “realized that somebody who just got their instrument rating is not really ready for flight on their own,” he said. The moment birthed the idea for an organization focused on instrument flying and the sharing of practical knowledge – as opposed to book knowledge – about aviation safety. Wyrzykowski founded the
IMC Club, which stands for the Instrument Meteorological Conditions Club, a little more than two years ago. Since then, his organization has ballooned to 30 chapters across the country with 1,500 members. The club will host three safety seminars based on its unique approach during AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. The seminars are being organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which took an interest in the IMC Club because of its rapid growth, said manager of operations Kate Fraser. “We just saw they had a very unique approach, and it’s been very successful. They are fairly new, they’ve really expanded a lot and if you talk to their members, they’re really enthusiastic about what they’re doing,” Fraser said. Wyrzykowsi said his goal was to
create a place for pilots to come together to learn, discuss and practice their instrument flying with the help of experienced peers.
mistakes and knowledge. The idea is how can I get involved and help other people by sharing my experiences,” Wyrzykowski said.
“A lot of times people learn in a simulated instruction by people who have never been in actual conditions,” he said. “The whole thing perpetuates itself so when all of a sudden you find yourself in cloudy conditions, those people get in trouble, and that causes a lot of accidents because pilots are not ready for it.”
The seminars at AirVenture will be a sample of one of the group’s chapter meetings, which typically include showing an audio-visual presentation followed by an open discussion among the pilots about how they’d react to the scenario.
What makes the IMC Club unique from other safety organizations is that it’s run from the ground up. Instead of safety experts telling pilots the right and wrong ways of responding to situations, the pilots in the IMC Club acknowledge the answers aren’t black and white and believe a pilot can learn more from other pilots. “It’s about gaining practical knowledge from other people’s
Wyrzykowski refers to the approach as “organized hangar flying.” During AirVenture, they will be discussing accident scenarios that actually happened, Wyrzykowski said. Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board will also be present to add to the discussion and answer questions, Fraser said. Adam Rodewald: (920) 426-6632 or email@example.com.
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KIDVENTURE »Located at Pioneer Airport across from the AirVenture Museum. »Shuttles run throughout the day between the Bus Park and AirVenture Museum. »Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
KidVenture fuels young imaginations By Jessica Opoien of The Northwestern
For the 14th straight year, AirVenture’s younger visitors will have opportunities to explore aviation hands-on through the KidVenture program. “The idea here is not just to make people into pilots; it’s to find an avenue for their aviation interests, whether it be something with mechanics or air traffic control or history or even aviation artists,” said KidVenture Chairman Dan Majka. “We try to find a niche for them here.” Majka, a retired high school chemistry teacher, started KidVenture with the encouragement of then-EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny. In that first year, organizers were pleasantly surprised to have 2,000 kids participate. Last year, the number had grown to 25,000. The activities are targeted toward kids ages 7 to 17, and the average age of participants is about 12. The youths who participate in KidVenture are generally more 42
interested in aviation than the general population, since most of them grew up with family members with a passion for flight, Majka said. Opportunities this year include a flight simulator through which they can receive loggable flight instruction, building projects through which they can earn FAA credit toward an Airframe and Powerplant, or A&P, certificate, radio-controlled airplane flights and simulated Mars landings. The Future A&P program, started last year, was designed to give kids a foundation for the skills required to fix and maintain airplanes. Participants who complete the activities in the Future A&P booths will receive a pin and two hours of FAA credit toward their A&P certificates. The first 800 to complete the skills will also receive a tool kit. “We live in a society now where kids, if something breaks, they throw it away and buy a new one,” Majka said. “When I grew up, if something broke, we fixed it.
What we’re trying to do is offer an opportunity for kids to have their hands on different tools that they might not have availability of at home.” One of the most popular activities is one in which participants learn how to rivet by making their own personalized metal name badges with supplies donated by Van’s Aircraft, Majka said. Another favorite is the propshaping booth, in which kids shape a wooden prop blank donated by Hartzell Propeller into a finished propeller, on which they are encouraged to collect autographs from famous aviators appearing on the AirVenture grounds. Majka said KidVenture probably has the largest group of volunteers on the AirVenture site. Last year, about 500 volunteers put in just shy of 10,000 volunteer hours, he said. “We’ve actually had kids who started with us back in ’99 and 2000, and now they’re grown up and are actually volunteering,”
Majka said. In addition to volunteers, KidVenture relies on sponsors who donate materials for the activities. Majka said companies like United Technologies, which has been the main sponsor for the last two years, see this as a way to get future employees and customers enthused about aviation. New this year is a replica of the Mercury 7 space capsule, which kids can sit inside. “It’s a nice piece of history that the kids may or may not be aware of,” Majka said. With his teaching background, Majka said KidVenture ties together the science, math and technology that kids learn about in more isolated forms in school. The real-life application helps the schoolwork make sense, Majka said. Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or jopoien@ thenorthwestern.com.
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Homebuilts take to the sky times twelve AirVenture is ‘like flying in front of all of your friends’ By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
Twelve homebuilt aircraft flying in formation. For the first time, spectators who line the flight line for the afternoon air show at AirVenture will be able to see just that when Team RV takes to the sky. It’s a 16-minute show of non-stop action featuring airplanes, smoke and noise, one spectators don’t want to be late for. “You don’t want to miss the opening,” wingman James E. Clark, of Columbia, S.C., said with a chuckle. Team RV was started in 2002 as a team of six pilots of RV kit aircraft from Van’s Aircraft. Over the last decade, the team has expanded to 12 members, making it the largest formation flying team in the world. “Our humble beginnings started in 2002 with doing local parades and fly-bys,” said Mike Stewart, the team’s flight lead and team founder. “It has evolved over the years into the world’s largest air show team.” While team members have attended AirVenture solo, or participated in large, organized formation flying events during the convention in the past, this will be the first time the 12-plane group performs during the afternoon air show. The team flies various models of RV kit aircraft from Van’s Aircraft. Van’s airplanes are the most popular amateur-built aircraft in the world with more 44
than 7,000 currently flying. This year, AirVenture is also honoring the company’s founder, Dick VanGrunsven, for his contributions to sport aviation. The aircraft are capable of speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour and gravitational forces of up to 6Gs. Spectators who gather on the flight line will see the team fly in tight formations of recognizable shapes and carry out difficult maneuvers within the aerobatic box. Once all have landed, the planes salute the audience with a formation pivot turn and full smoke. “The pilots are flying all these airplanes that are kit built,” said Mike Stewart, the team’s flight lead and team founder. “Much like when you go to car shows and the highest performance and coolest cars are completely custom, our airplanes are the same way. You can’t buy this performance on a showroom floor.” It’s a performance EAA officials believe spectators will appreciate. “I think they’ll enjoy it, especially if they’re locals and haven’t seen a lot of formation demonstration work,” said Jim DiMatteo, vice president of AirVenture Features and Attractions. “Even though they’ve seen smaller three- and fourship demonstrations, there’s a lot of aircraft up in the sky and choreographed well.” Being asked to perform at AirVenture is not only an honor for Team RV, but also serves as
Team RV performs. Photo courtesy of EAA
TEAM RV PILOT FACTS »12 pilots on Team RV: Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, Charlie “Bones” Plunkett, James “Chatterbox” Clark, Jerry “Widget” Morris, Bob “Subob” Goodman, Ron “Smokey” Schreck, Tad “Stripes” Sargent, Tom “Dubes” Dubrouillet, Danny “Speedy” Knight, Len “Leggs” Leggette, Greg “Greese” Reese, Robert “RB” Gibbs, Crew Chief Tony “Sleepy” Spicer »Pilots have a background of military, civilian, corporate and commercial flying time. »Team members have amassed 90,000 hours of combined flight time in more than 100 different aircraft. »Two out of three pilots on the team built their own plane or other planes. All pilots maintain their own planes and adhere to FAA annual inspections. »Some team members have as many or more hours invested in building their airplanes than they do flying them. Average build time for an RV-8 is 2,200 hours. »Six pilots and the crew chief are veterans. Source: Team RV
a way to inspire those who are sitting along the flight line and demonstrate what the homebuilt aircraft are capable of doing. “All of those builders, who either are building, flew in, or are thinking of building an RV, imagine when they hear that a showcase team is going to be there for the first time flying the RV,” Clark said. “Because the RV is an everyman’s airplane, people can look to the skies and say that could
be me. That’s an airplane I could be flying.” Stewart said he’s looking forward to performing at AirVenture. “Our roots are in EAA,” Stewart said. “We are flying homebuilt experimental aircraft. This is like flying in front of all of your friends.” Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast welcomes visitors downtown
By Jessica Opoien of The Northwestern
Rain or shine, Oshkosh residents and AirVenture attendees will have an opportunity to gather and enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast in downtown Oshkosh.
“It’s about people getting together in a relaxed setting and having some fun at a relatively low price,” Tower said. “It will allow EAA visitors to see more of Oshkosh and interact with community members.”
The event, which has provided an opportunity for locals and Tower said attendees can look visitors to mingle for more than forward to a menu of scrambled 20 years, will be eggs, sausage, hash held from 6 to 10 browns, fruit cups, a.m. Friday, July doughnut holes, Friday, July 27 from 6-10 am. orange juice, milk 27, at the Leach Amphitheater. »Location: Leach Amphitheater and coffee, all served If it rains, (or, if it rains, the Oshkosh buffet style. Leon’s the breakfast Convention Center). Frozen Custard will will be moved also provide custard. »Cost: $5 per person for inside at the The cost is $5 per an all-you-can-eat buffet. nearby Oshkosh person, and children Kids 3 and under eat free. Convention ages 3 and younger Center. will eat for free.
Although the event is called the Mayor’s Breakfast, Mayor Burk Tower said the focus is on bringing the community together, not on the
There will be a brief program at 8 a.m. during which Tower will acknowledge some of the breakfast’s special guests,
Larry Gollaher of Dallas, Texas, Steven Schwoerer of Neenah, Wis., Jim Seib of Concord, Wis., Laurence Bonneau of Dallas, Larry Gollaher of Dallas, enjoy their breakfast at the Mayor’s Breakfast. The Mayor’s Breakfast 2011 got off to a great start with good weather. Over a thousand people attended the event at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh. Northwestern file photo.
including Miss Oshkosh and, most likely, Miss Wisconsin. The breakfast will feature musical entertainment as well. The breakfast is the result of the work of a network of about 50 volunteers, Tower said. It also benefits from the support of sponsors. This year’s major
sponsors include Festival Foods, 4imprint and Leon’s Frozen Custard. Last year, about 1,000 people attended the breakfast — almost double the 600 or so who attended in 2010. Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or jopoien@ thenorthwestern.com.
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Oshkosh fun Boat and watercraft rental Ecklund Motorsports and Marine, 2794 Marine Drive, (920) 233-3313. Kalbus Country Harbor, 5309 Lake Road, (920) 426-0062. Sweetwater Performance Center, 501 S. Main St., (920) 230-6379.
Sleepy Hollow Farm Campground, 1679 W. Waukau Ave., (877) 438-6531. Eureka Dam Campsite, 9361 Eureka Lock Road, Omro, (920) 685-5441 or (920) 379-1733. Hattie Sherwood Campground, 451 S. Lawson Drive, Green Lake, (920) 294-6380.
Electric Lounge and Lanes, 405 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, (920) 230-3707.
Crosby Dance Studio, 667 N. Main St., (920) 235-5150.
Oshkosh Lanes, 275 N. Washburn St., Oshkosh, (920) 426-5445.
Julie’s Touch of Silver, 2070 W. 20th Ave., (920) 231-8414.
Recreation Lanes, 710 S. Main St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-9822.
Richard’s School of the Dance, 219 State St., (920) 235-1070.
Shoreview Lanes, 1823 Grove St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-4640. T & O Lanes, 1007 Oregon St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-7930. Legends Lanes, 120 W. Main St., Omro, (920) 685-2694. Marble Park Lanes, 675 Grant St., Winneconne, (920) 582-4140. Berlin Lanes, 119 N. Pearl St., Berlin, (920) 361-1282. Stars and Strikes, 435 W. Water St., Princeton, (920) 295-3333. Plaza Bowl, 1216 W. Fond du Lac St., Ripon, (920) 748-2100. Howie’s Green Meadows Lanes, Highway 23 at W1802 County Road A, Green Lake, (920) 294-3314.
Danceworks, 832½ Congress St., Ripon, (920) 748-5008. Valley Academy for the Arts, 139 N. Lake St., Neenah, (920) 279-1578. Valley Social Dance Studio, 167½ Main St., Menasha, (920) 277-9488. Asolute Danz, 1261 Appleton Road, Menasha, (920) 886-3269.
Miniature golf Settlers Mill, Prime Outlet, center, 3025 S. Washburn St., (920) 426-4221. Whittmann’s Funland, 1396 Appleton Road, Menasha, (920) 722-0098. Funset Boulevard, 3916 W. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 993-0909.
Ice skating YMCA 20th Avenue location, 3303 W. 20th Ave., (920) 230-8439.
Circle R Campground, 1185 Old Knapp Road, (920) 235-8909.
Tri-County Arena, 700 E. Shady Lane, Neenah, (920) 731-9731.
Hickory Oaks Campground, 3485 Vinland Road, (920) 235-8076.
Appleton Family Ice Center, 1717 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton, (920) 830-7679.
Inline skating AND skateboarding Red Arrow Park, Eagle Street and Taft Avenue.
Electric Lounge and Lanes, 405 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, (920) 230-3707.
Menominee Park, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue.
Brooklyn Grill, 607 S. Main St., (920) 230-4477.
Comedy Quarter, 1575 Plaza Drive, Neenah, (920) 722-5653.
Call for dates and times Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave., (920) 424-2350 or (866) 96GRAND. Leach Amphitheater, 303 Ceape Ave., (920) 236-5080. Becket’s, 2 Jackson St., (920) 230-3333. Fratello’s, 1501 Arboretum Drive, (920) 232-2337. New Moon Café, 401 N. Main St., (920) 232-0976. The Reptile Palace, 141 High Ave., (920) 231-1296. Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St. www.timecommunitytheater.com Fredric March Theatre, UW-Oshkosh campus, 926 Woodland Ave., (920) 424-4417. Music Hall, Arts and Communications Center, UW-Oshkosh campus, Elmwood Avenue at Woodland Avenue, (920) 424-4224.
Perfect Presentations, 1534 Lyon Drive, Neenah, (920) 729-9566. Cranky Pat’s, 905 S. Commercial St., Neenah, (920) 725-2662. Skyline Comedy Café, 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton, (920) 734-5653. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, 400 W. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 730-3760 or (800) 982-2787.
Marinas Bayshore Marina and Storage, 617 Bayshore Drive, (920) 231-9936. Fox Harbor Marina, 1000 Bauman St., (920) 235-2028. Hidden Harbor Marina, 7412 County Trunk B, Winneconne, (920) 582-7032. Kubasta’s Landing, 400 N. Campbell Road, (920) 235-9678. Lakeside Marina Inc., 902 Taft Ave., (920) 231-4321.
The Bar of Oshkosh, 825 N. Washburn St., (920) 232-3566.
Merten Marine Ltd., 1087 Cozy Lane, (920) 231-6751.
Barley & Hops, 663 N. Main St., (920) 426-3677.
Sweetwater Performance Center, 501 S. Main St., (920) 230-6379.
O’Marro’s Public House, 2211T Oregon St., (920) 410-7735.
Skipper Buds Marina, 1351 Egg Harbor Lane, (920) 231-3200.
Peabody’s Ale House, 544 N. Main St., (920) 230-1110.
Spellman’s Marina Inc., 1713 W. New York Ave., (920) 231-1850.
Algoma Club, 103 Algoma Blvd., (920) 230-1082.
Piers To You! LLC DBA Karni-Pier, 901 S. Main St., (920) 231-0841.
Hollywood Cinema, 513 N Westhill Blvd., Appleton, (920) 734-7469. Marcus Cinema Appleton East (formerly Regal Cinema), W3091 Van Roy Road, Appleton, (920) 734-7469. Fox Cinema, 400 Third St., Menasha, (920) 727-9005. Marcus Valley Value Cinema, 2165 S. Memorial Drive, Appleton, (920) 734-2388 or (920) 734-7469. Field of Scenes Drive-In, N 3647 Uni Drive, Kaukauna, (920) 788-1935.
Sports centers Fox Valley Paintball Inc., 520 S. Eagle St., (920) 426-5566. Oshkosh Athletic Club, 1145 S. Washburn St., (920) 232-1242.
Oshkosh Gymnastics Center, 2080 W. 20th Ave., (920) 235-7800. Oshkosh Recreation Department, 425 Division St., (920) 424-0150.
Tennis Jackson Athletic Field, West Nevada Avenue and Jackson Street. Teichmiller Park, Sheridan and Crane streets.
Oshkosh YMCA, 324 Washington Ave., (920) 236-3380, and 3303 W. 20th Ave., (920) 230-8439.
Oshkosh North High School, 1100 Smith Ave.
Stevens Park, Frankfort Street and Bayshore Drive.
South Park, South Park Avenue and Ohio Street. Menominee Park, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue.
Pollock Community Water Park, 613 N. Eagle St., (920) 236-5086. South Park Splash Pad, South Park Avenue and Georgia Street, (920) 236-5080.
Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St. Westhaven Circle, Westhaven Circle and Newport Avenue.
Oshkosh North High School pool, 1100 W. Smith Ave., (920) 424-0150.
44th Parallel Park, Allerton and Thorton drives.
Oshkosh West High School pool, 375 N. Eagle St., (920) 424-0150.
Winnebago County Community Park, 501 E. County Road Y, (920) 232-1960.
Menominee Park Beach, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue, (920) 424-0150. Winnebago County Community Park, 501 E. County Road Y, (920) 232-1960.
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, High Avenue and Osceola Street, (920) 424-1034.
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ATTRACTIONS Oshkosh Country Club 11 W. Ripple Road (920) 231-1076 18 holes www.oshkoshcc.com Sunset Par 3 Golf Course 3669 S. Washburn St. (920) 235-8114 Nine holes Utica Golf Club 2330 Knott Road (920) 233-4446 18 holes www.uticagolfclub.com Winagamie Golf Course 3501 Winagamie Drive, Neenah (920) 757-5453 27 holes www.winagamiegolf.com Winchester Hills Golf Course 5310 County Trunk II, Larsen (920) 836-2476 18 holes Wedgewood Supper Club and Golf Course 1200 E. Huron St., Omro (920) 685-6161 Nine holes www.wedgewoodsupperclubandgolf.com Westhaven Golf Club 1400 Westhaven Drive (920) 233-4640 18 holes www.westhavengolfclub.com Westridge Golf Club 8130 Golf Course Drive, Neenah (920) 725-2050 18 holes www.golfwgc.com
FOND DU LAC COUNTY Auburn Bluffs Golf Course N2019 River Road, Campbellsport (920) 533-4311 Nine holes www.auburnbluffs.com Oakgreen Golf Course (par-3 and executive) 7405 N. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac (920) 922-2273 18 holes Rolling Meadows Golf Course 560 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 929-3735 27 holes www.rollingmeadowsgolfcourse.com South Hills Golf & Country Club 1175 Fond du Lac Ave., Fond du Lac (920) 921-3636 18 holes southhillsfdl.com
Thornbrook Golf Course (Par-3) N8821 Bluegill Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 922-2722 Nine holes
Galleries & museums
Whispering Springs Golf Club 380 Whispering Springs Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 921-8053 18 holes www.whisperingspringsgolf.com
Art Off Main Gallery. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. No admission. 115 Washington Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 236-9230, www.arcwinnebago.com.
GREEN LAKE COUNTY Lawsonia Golf Course 2615 S. Valley View Drive, Green Lake (800) 529-4453 36 holes lawsonia.com Mascoutin Golf Club W1635 County Trunk A, Berlin (920) 361-2360 27 holes www.mascoutingolf.com Tuscumbia Golf Course 680 Illinois Ave., Green Lake (920) 294-3382 18 holes www.tuscumbiacc.net
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY Butte des Morts Country Club 3600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton (920) 738-5555 18 holes www.buttedesmortscc.org Chaska Golf Course W6575 Wisconsin Road, Greenville (920) 757-5757 18 holes www.chaskagolf.com Reid Municipal Golf Course 1100 E. Fremont St., Appleton (920) 832-5926 18 holes www.appleton.org Country Side Golf Club W726 Weiler Road, Kaukauna (920) 766-2219 18 holes www.countrysidegolfclubwi.com Crystal Springs Golf N8055 French Road, Seymour (920) 833-6348 18 holes www.crystalspringsgolf.com Eagle Creek Golf Club N3594 Market Road, Hortonville (920) 757-1000 20 holes www.eaglecreekgolfclub.net Grandview Golf Club 135 John St., Hortonville (920) 779-6421 Nine holes www.grandviewgolf.org
ArtSpace Collective. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday/ 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also open for every Art Gallery Walk. No admission. 7 Merritt Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 426-3232. EAA AirVenture Museum, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. $9.75 / $8.50 seniors / $7 ages 6 to 17 / free for members and children 5 and younger / $22 family; rates from Memorial Day through Labor Day: $12.50 / $10.50 seniors / $9.50 ages 6 to 17 / $31 families / Free for 5 and younger and EAA members. 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh. (920) 426-4800, www.airventuremuseum.org. Exhibits at Evergreen. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No admission. Creekview Building, 1130 N. Westfield St., Oshkosh. (920) 427-2047. www.evergreenoshkosh.com Fields of Honor Military Veterans Museum, museum to open this winter; 4300 Pozerenzy Road. (920) 426-8615, www.mvmwisconsin.com. Gail Floether Steinhilber Gallery. Reeve Union, UW-Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 424-2281. www.reeve.uwosh.edu/gallery. Jambalaya Co-op, 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and by appointment. 413 N. Main St., Oshkosh. (920) 243-8947, www.jambalayacoop.com. Menominee Park Zoo, daily from late May through late September. Menominee Park. Free. (920) 236-5082, www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us/Parks/Zoo. Morgan House. 234 Church Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 232-0260, www.morganhouse.org.
Oshkosh Public Museum. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays / 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday / closed holidays. $7/ $5 seniors / $3.50 children 6 to 17/ free for children 5 and younger and members. 1331 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 236-5761, www.oshkoshmuseum.org. The Paine Art Center and Gardens. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays / closed Mondays and major holidays, $7 / $6 seniors / $5 students / $4 children 5 to 12 / $18 for family / free for Paine members and children younger than 5. 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 2356903, www.thepaine.org. Priebe Art Gallery. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No admission. Arts & Communication Center, UW-Oshkosh, 926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 424-2235, www.uwosh.edu/departments/art. Omro Area Historical Society Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment. 113 Main St., Omro. (920) 685-2424. Winneconne Historical Society Complex, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 600 block of West Main Street, Winneconne. Donations appreciated. (920) 582-4132, www.winneconnewi.gov/historical/ index.htm. Berlin Museum of Local History, 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays of the month from Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment.111 S. Adams St., Berlin. (920) 361-2460. Caestecker Art Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, Ripon College, 300 Seward St., Ripon. (920) 748-8110. www.ripon.edu/academics/art/ caestecker. Weis Earth Science Museum, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday/ noon to 7 p.m. Friday / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday/ 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $2/ $1.50 seniors and children 13 to 17/ $1 children 3 to 12/ free for children younger than 3. University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2611, www.uwfox.uwc.edu/wesm/Weis_ Earth_Science_Museum.html.
ATTRACTIONS Barlow Planetarium, see site for hours, shows; University of WisconsinFox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2848, www.uwfox.uwc.edu/barlow. Trout Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday/ noon to 4 p.m. Sundays / closed Monday. $6/ $4 students and seniors/ free to members, children 10 and younger (with an adult). 111 W. College Ave., Appleton. (920) 733-4089. http://troutmuseum.org/ Wriston Art Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays/ noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Lawrence University, Lawe and Alton streets, Appleton. (920) 832-7000, (920) 832-6621, www.lawrence.edu/dept/wriston. Communication Arts Center, Aylward Gallery. UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2626, www.uwfox.uwc.edu/cac/events.html. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday / 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday/ closed Monday. $4/ free for members and
children younger than 1. Windhover Center, 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. (920) 929-0707, www.childrensmuseumfdl.org. The Building for Kids Fox Cities Children’s Museum. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday/ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday/ noon to 5 p.m. Sunday/ closed Monday. $7.25/ $6 seniors/ $5.25 after 3 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday only)/ free for members and infants. 100 W. College Ave., Appleton. (920) 734-3226, www.buildingforkids.org. Gardens of the Fox Cities. dawn to dusk every day. Appleton Memorial Park, 1313 Witzke Blvd., Appleton. Donations appreciated. (920) 9931900, www.gardensfoxcities.org.
ages 5 to 17/ $20 families/ free for members and children younger than 5. 330 E. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 735-9370, www.myhistorymuseum.org.
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Paper Discovery Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays to Saturday/ closed Sunday. $5/ $4 seniors/ $3 students/ $12 families/ members free. 425 W. Water St., Appleton. (920) 380-7491, www.paperdiscoverycenter.org.
Highway 41 Stores include: Best Buy, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Shopko, Tuesday Morning, Verizon Wireless, Run Away Shoes, Big League Cards, Fleet Farm, Petco, Verlo Mattress, Valley Lighting and Design, Wheel & Sprocket, Mattress Firm, Perfect Nails, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Cartridge World, Archer’s Quest, Re-Bath, Furniture & Appliance Outlet, Anytime Fitness, Nedrebos Formalwear, Play It Again Sports, Harbor Freight Tools, Habitat for Humanity Restore, WG&R Furniture, Party City, CJ’s Trophies and Gifts/ Miller Clocks.
SHOPPING Aviation Plaza Koeller Street and Highway 44 Stores include: JCPenney and Rogan’s Shoes
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday/ 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 165 N. Park Ave., Neenah, (920) 751 4658, bergstrom-mahlermuseum.com.
City Center Downtown Stores include: Apple Blossom Books, Thimke Jewelers, Caramel Crisp & Café, and Planet Perk.
The History Museum. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday/ noon to 4 p.m. Sunday/ closed Monday. $7.50/ $5.50 seniors and students/ $3.50
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Landmark Plaza Koeller Street near Witzel Avenue Stores include: UBake, America’s Mattress Sleepshop, Floor Quest, Stein Garden & Gifts, Martial Arts America, Stellar Vision and LC Nail & Spa.
at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church 1174 Algoma Boulevard (corner of Algoma Blvd. and New York Ave.) Wed., July 25 & Thurs. July 26 10 am to 2 pm Come and see this unique collection of 1,000 nativities. It’s one of the largest collections of nativity sets in the world. Pieces from Alaska to Zululand, cover a tremendous variety of styles and cultures. Artists of all skill levels have used materials of all kinds. It is amazing! During the open house, there will be docents to tell you about the sets and the single donor who collected them. The collection is near the Paine Art Center and Gardens and the Oshkosh Public Museum so you can make a day of it! The Nativity Collection is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3 pm and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. For a guided tour at any time call 920-252-0833
ATTRACTIONS South Main Street/ North Main Street area Stores include: New Moon Cafe, Paper Tiger, Satori Imports, Jambalaya, The Exclusive Company, Streets of Fire Skateboard Supply, Chic to Chic, Karniby’s Fine Apparel, Soiree Urban Gifts, Bergman’s Fine Jewelry, Kitz & Pfeil Hardware, Art Haus, Art City Signs, Britton’s Walk Over, Camera Casino, House of Heroes, Action Dancewear, Harmony Wellness, Klassy Kids, Urban Esque, Second Time Around, Nutrition Discount Center, Great Estates Fine Furniture, Tennie’s Jewelry, Emma Jean’s Boutique, Market Boutique on Main, Schultz Pharmacy, Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café/ McKnight & Carlson Wines, Design Lines, Kitz
Printing, Consignment Boutique, Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage, Lake Fly Graphics, Drift Wood, Sandarella’s Bridal, Reimer Jewelers, Frugal Fashion Oshkosh Center II Koeller Street and Highway 44 Stores include: Target, Office Max, Radio Shack, GNC Live Well, Sally Beauty Supply, Pick’n Save, U.S. Cellular, Hallmark, Nails Only The Outlet Mall 2550 S. Washburn St. Stores include: Columbia Sportswear, Golfer’s Outlet, Skiers Outlet, Bicycle Outlet, 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh 3001 S. Washburn St.
Stores include: Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Wilson’s Leather Outlet, Christopher Banks, DEB, The Children’s Place Outlet, Claire’s, rue 21, Bath and Body Works Outlet, Dress Barn Outlet, Justice, Old Navy, GAP Outlet, Lane Bryant Outlet, Yankee Candle, Gymboree Outlet, Brooks Brothers, Leggs Hanes Bali, Motherhood Maternity Outlet, Maurices, Van Heusen, Pac Sun, Aeropostale, Vanity Fair, Nautica, JanSport, Bass Shoes, Kitchen Collection, Levi’s Outlet Store, Carter’s, Stride Rite, The Uniform Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, Under Armour, OshKosh B’Gosh, Le Gourmet Chef, Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, American Girl, Nike Factory Store, Eddie Bauer, Skechers, Coach
Factory, Jockey, Toys R Us Express, Corningware, Correll Revere, Lands End Direct. Staples Plaza Koeller Street and Ninth Avenue Stores include: Staples, Walgreens, Hobby Lobby, Perfect Nails Westowne Avenue area Stores include: Lowe’s, Menard’s, Festival Foods, Walgreens, Cost Cutters, Diamond Nails, Uniform Boutique, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular Tower Plaza Washburn Street and Ninth Avenue Stores include Advent Computers and Sew Cleaners
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