Flying High at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

August 11, 2016

Wisconsin might be most famous for its cheese and Green Bay Packers, but there’s a big event that happens every summer that gives the Badger State another claim to fame.


Every July, over a half million visitors flock to Wisconsin to experience the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The event is put on by the Experimental Aircraft Association, one of the FAA’s partners for its aviation and space education program, STEM AVSED. This year, USA Today named AirVenture the Best Air Show, and that should come as no surprise.

This year’s AirVenture took place July 25-31 and attracted over 560,000 flight enthusiasts from around the world, who come to take in the air shows, browse exhibits and attend workshops. With over 10,00 aircraft on display and close to 900 exhibitors and 1,000 workshops at the event, AirVenture is an aviation mecca for enthusiasts of all kinds and all ages.

Many of AirVenture’s activities are geared toward specific audiences – KidVenture is just one example. The EAA reported that this year’s hugely popular event for children attracted nearly 20,000 young aviation enthusiasts.

At KidVenture, children can participate in dozens of different hands-on and interactive activities that expose them not only to the world of aviation, but also to the skills and knowledge needed to have a successful aviation career. Aircraft maintenance demos teach kids about riveting, engine teardown, brakes, electronics, hydraulics and much more. They can also learn about the various aspects of flight instruction, from weather and air traffic control to weight and balance calculations. After completing their activities, kids get to log actual flight time on aircraft simulators with certified flight instructors. The time can be applied toward their private pilot license.

It takes thousands of volunteers to plan and organize AirVenture and KidVenture’s memorable events. Partners include Cleveland Brakes, UTC, Sikorski, Bombardier Aerospace, FAA, EAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and many, many more.

Plans are already underway for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. If you’re interested in checking the event out for yourself, mark your calendar for July 24-30. You can visit the EAA’s AirVenture website here.