More ways than ever to experience Oshkosh
AirVenture at Your Fingertips
MARY JONES, EAA 224626
As I drove back to EAA headquarters after lunch today, July 6, flightline volunteers were marking off the “clear area” at the west end of Runway
9/27. Maintenance workers were pounding nails on the
expanded North 40 shower building where new flush
toilets are being installed. The campground is becoming
a sea of yellow tape as campers stake out their sites in
advance, and a steady trickle of volunteers arrive every
day. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is days away!
Those of you attending Oshkosh are at the epitome
of excitement. There’s definitely been an air of
anticipation building here at EAA headquarters over the
past few weeks—some staffers might call it panic—as
we make the final push to get the site, the signage, the
schedules, the publications, and everything else ready
for opening day.
No matter whether you attend Oshkosh or not,
the event provides value to every member. Because of
AirVenture and the connections it enables people to
make, the voice of EAA and its members is heard more
receptively throughout the world.
But, if you’re a member for whom attending Oshkosh
is a distant dream, take heart. This year, more so than
ever before, you will have the opportunity to live the
experience vicariously through the many offerings that
EAA’s photo, video, publications, and volunteer radio
team will put together during AirVenture week.
There’s so much going on that we can’t possibly give
every story all the in-depth coverage it might deserve,
but we’re plotting ways to post more photos, photo
galleries, videos, and news stories online as quickly as
we can. You’ll want to check www.AirVenture.org often to
find out what’s happening.
Another way to keep in touch with the happenings
at Oshkosh is to listen to EAA Radio…streaming
24/7 on www.EAARadio.org. In fact, by the time this
magazine reaches your mailbox, many of the EAA Radio
volunteers will be on-site and starting to deliver news
and information about AirVenture 2009 and sharing
highlights from interviews and shows they recorded
during AirVenture 2008. On Sunday, July 26, they’ll go
fully live reporting from Wittman Field.
We’re plotting ways to post more photos,
photo galleries, videos, and news stories
online as quickly as we can.
Still another new way to share in the AirVenture
Oshkosh experience this year is EAA’s new social
networking community, Oshkosh365. Read the primer
about this new member benefit on pages 26-27 of this
issue. Then, create a profile for yourself and join in the
fun. Want to know something specific about a new
plane introduced at AirVenture? Post a note in one of
the forums and perhaps someone can track down the
answer. There’s no end to the ways Oshkosh365 can help
you stay connected with other members and share and
expand your aviation knowledge and understanding.
We encourage members to continually post comments,
photos, and videos about their aviation experiences at
Oshkosh or anywhere around the world.
And, if you want to know what’s happening at
Oshkosh as quickly as possible, you can now sign up
to receive free text message alerts. Visit http://Twitter.
com/EAAupdate to get the latest information delivered
to your mobile phone.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is a jewel in the store of
all that EAA is. As members, we should all be proud
of the event. Every member contributes to its success
through his or her membership dollars, and thousands
of members contribute by volunteering their time and
talent. It wouldn’t happen without EAA members.
This year, there’s just no reason to mope about not
being able to come to Oshkosh. Welcome to Oshkosh…
live or online!