Every summer, over 500,000 aviation enthusiasts come from all over the world to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to participate in EAA AirVenture. The Oshkosh air show will take place this year from July 25 through July 30, 2011. Over 10,000 aircraft typically fly in to the event produced by EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association.) It is called the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, and attendees will see homebuilts, ultralights, warbirds, vintage and one-of-a-kind aircraft. Participants enjoy celebrating the past, present and future of aviation as they take part in forums and workshops led by FAA personnel, NASA researchers and aircraft designers. Entertainment abounds at AirVenture with daily air shows, pyrotechnics, aerobatics, demonstrations, concerts and more.
This year’s EAA Oshkosh event begins Monday, July 25, and opening day kicks off with the first of the daily 3-hour long afternoon air shows. Directly after the first day’s air show, popular recording group, REO Speedwagon, will perform at a free concert. The group has been recording and performing for over 40 years, and one of their rock classics is, appropriately, “Time for Me to Fly.”
Gary Sinise, star of “CSI: New York” and Disabled American Veterans advocate, will bring his Lt. Dan Band back to EAA AirVenture again this year. They will help pay tribute to all veterans at their concert, which ends the all day salute to veterans that takes place on July 29.
In the evenings, attendees can watch ultralights performing and view ultralight exhibits as well. Each evening also features various educational and entertainment acts, and there will be Friday and Saturday night concerts. At the Fly-In Theater, an open-air walk-in theater, a celebrity presenter will introduce classic aviation films shown on a screen five stories high.
The AirVenture Museum has over 200 historic airplanes, flight simulators and interactive galleries. KidVenture lets kids fly simulators, build rockets and gliders and watch demonstrations and presentations.
One of the highlights of AirVenture 2011 is sure to be an Acousticom Sound Egg Chair with a surprising addition that will give aviators and would-be aviators a thrilling experience. The Sound Egg’s design not only surrounds its occupants with high quality sound, but also immerses them right in the middle of the action. The Sound Egg Chair is a recent development of the Acousticom Corporation, which produces audio communication equipment, headsets, ultralight helmets, flight helmets and repair parts such as microphones, earphones, cables, connectors, ear seals and windscreens. The company has been in business since 1980 and also repairs, upgrades and converts headsets and helmets.
BOOTH: 922 – Ultralight Area: Acousticom will be offering free headset and helmet repairs on-site at the Oshkosh Air Show with the purchase of the required replacement parts.
The week concludes with a Saturday night air show featuring top aerobatic performers lighting up the sky as well as a fireworks display and a “Wall of Fire.”
Advance tickets for admission as well as camping are on sale now with a discounted rate for a limited time.