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Jul 16, 2019 - 11:26:47 AM
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Well, nothing other than its fun. I'll be in Camp Scholler all week with my 5-string Dobro picking, talking airplanes and having a great time. Direct message me if you're up for some evening jamming.

EAA-AirVenture is home to 500,000 airplane lovers, 50,000 evening campers, and 10,000 airplanes that fly in every year. It's a city within a city. An American treasure for sure.

Cheers, James

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:55:32 PM
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James, Did you replace the bagpipe playersmiley

I've been to OSH and "Sun and Fun" many times.  I flew my RV3, RV6 (that I built), 1948 Cessna 170 "Ragwing" (and a rented Piper Archer) to OSH and my RV6 from Nebraska to Lakeland, FL.

For those who don't know, OSH used to be the busiest airport in the world when the EAA convention is on (and, I'd bet, still is).  I think I read that the greatest number of "Porta Potties" ever in use at one time were at OSH (Oshkosh, WI).

The arrivals and departures at OSH are the wildest thing ever!  Two levels of flights following the train tracks from Ripon to OSH.  Fast airplanes up high, slow ,200 feet below them.  No communications with a tower.   It was amazing and a bit nerve wracking (and not something I would do again).  In the "old days", they had night landings.  I don't believe they do that any more.

I built a RV6 when I lived in NE and had another one in the works after I moved to Wyoming.  I couldn't get a medical so sold the airplane in progress and have been "on foot" since 2000.

My wife likes my banjo playing hobby much more than aircraft building.   I could buy a lot of banjos for just what my instrument panel cost me back in 1995. 

Have fun.  I miss flying and going to fly-ins but I really like the really cheap hobby of clawhammer banjo.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:14:55 PM

45 posts since 4/13/2006

Yes, it's crazy flying in. I've flown in from Seattle with my two kids on three different times. Only once I've actually had to use the radio and that was to answer a question from the controller. One time I had to divert just a few miles from RIPON fix due to the airport closing. All aircraft have to be parked and engines off by 8PM sharp every night. So they shut off arrivals by around 7:45PM each evening depending on how many aircraft are still in the air and moving on the ground.

On takeoff, I've had to takeoff with four airplanes on the runway, 2 per side of centerline about 200' behind the other. And it works fine, not an issue.

Cheers and thanks for checking in,

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