Oshkosh Off-Season

Just on my way home form the fall Homebuilt Council meeting at EAA Headquarters, and thought I'd share a picture form a site tour we took the other day. This is "Kit Builder's Row" where most of the kit companies set up shot during AirVenture each year. In the distance - the buildings of the Warbird encampment. Yes - that's a lot of empty space, and amazingly enough, I hardly heard any airplanes the two days I was staying right there at Whitman field! It is a sleepy little place most of the time - hard to believe.

With the buildings locked up and vehicles - like the Welcome Wagons - living in forum and workshop spaces, its an AirVenture few get to see - except for the many volunteers who show up early to unpack and set things up each summer. The empty spaces of Homebuilt Camping and Parking are vast and it is hard to imagine how many airplanes occupy them for a week in the summer. Of course, we are now headed into winter, and soon they will be white and bleak in a way - but with green grass and blue skies, it looks inviting and ready to go.

Oshkosh in the fall

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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