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EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: July 28-Aug 3, 2014

Jul 16, 2014 02:48AM ● By Julie Henning
EAA AirVenture—the world’s greatest aviation celebration—is in full at the end of the month. Running July 28-Aug 3, 2014, the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin draws over half a million visitors from around the globe to the region.

Organized by the Oshkosh-based Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), AirVenture is spread out on a campus that holds enough landing strips and runways for it to boast temporary bragging rights as the busiest control tower in the world.

EAA July 25 2012 b IMG_8212What started as a gathering of individuals interested in building and restoring recreational aircraft is today a gathering of celebrities, musical acts, and big-name companies like Garmin, Cessna, and Rockwell Collins.

Photo Credit: Dan Montenegro

Ideal for families of all ages, AirVenture is much more than airplanes. You can enjoy workshops, concerts, movies, shopping, fireworks, and even a 5K run/walk. But, of course, aviation is the main draw. From airshows to flight experiences and eight different aircraft areas, this is the place to learn everything you ever wanted to know about aviation.

EAA July 25 2012 IMG_8220If you are planning to visit, consult the schedules and map BEFORE you visit, identifying which exhibits, forums, and workshops are most important to your visit. Pack sunscreen, water*, and decent walking shoes (and a stroller for any kids you think tucker out). Take the shuttle bus and ride the trams when possible; particularly if you are planning a visit to KidVenture or the EAA Museum. You can also download the EAA AirVenture mobile app.

Photo Credit: Julie HenningAlso note that the KidVenture grounds close at 3:30PM Monday-Saturday and at 2:ooPM on Sunday. This time coincidences with the AirShow, which you will absolutely not want to miss. Important to note, the EAA Museum is air conditioned and has indoor plumbing (museum admission is included with your AirVenture ticket).

IMG_1722* EAA does not restrict people from bringing small coolers of water and snacks (here’s the official carry-in policy). Be smart with hydration and re-fill empty containers at one of the bubblers located on the grounds.