Spectator Day

Filled with homebuilts three days ago, planes and tents are now sparsely distributed in Homebuilt Camping.
Filled with homebuilts three days ago, planes and tents are now sparsely distributed in Homebuilt Camping.

Most of the homebuilts that made up the record-setting attendance in Homebuilt Camping and Parking earlier in the week have left the field and the non-aviation spectators are here in force. The schedule is still full with workshops, forums, and demonstrations---and all the exhibitors are present---but the atmosphere changes dramatically at the end of the week. The big names fly the air shows of the weekend but so do the RC demonstrations, the drunken good-ole-boy in a J-3, and a hovercraft made famous by a James Bond movie. The hands-on simulators are filled by non-pilots, mostly tire-kickers visit the kit manufacturers' booths, and the mattress salesmen have ramped up their hawking in the big hangars. Perhaps most disappointing to our readers who show up late in the week, the Homebuilt community has mostly fled.

But, it is Oshkosh and a mediocre day at AirVenture beats the best day at any other North American (or, perhaps the world) fly-in. So, if you can only make the last weekend, come on over! It's still worth a visit!

Even our Editor-in-Chief, Paul Dye, headed out this morning to join his family for the weekend.
Even our Editor-in-Chief, Paul Dye, headed out this morning to join his family for the weekend.

 

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

One Reply to “Spectator Day”

  1. You have touched on a sore point with me. I believe that Airventure has prospered greatly while losing touch with the soul of the home-built movement that drove the annual pilgrimages to Oshkosh and Rockford in years long past. I hunted through the big show in 2014 to find the scattered shreds of the home-built movement on display there and came away disappointed. I chose to attend Sun-N-Fun this year instead. It too seems to be growing in the direction of Airventure. Kitplanes is my go-to aviation magazine. You can still find a lot of grass roots aviation there.

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