Richards will answer your questions in AirVenture Today throughout the
Please drop your questions (with your
name and where you are from) off at the AirVenture Today office located
near the old FAA control tower and the First Aid Station or via e-mail
and he will do his darndest to answer them.
Q: What is the most
common ailment treated at the AirVenture first aid station?
N.N., East Moline,
Headaches and sunburn are frequently treated on the porch at the
Emergency Services Headquarters just west of the old tower. And
everything from insect bites to poison ivy, along with more serious
stuff like chest pains and dehydration, which are seen inside the
building, according to Chairman Mary Jeanne Trosky. Serious matters are
transported to a regular hospital. You can get a squirt of sunblock on
the porch, though.
Q: I saw the EAA
Concert Band Wednesday night, and they were terrific. How do I
P.H., Mason City, Iowa
Elton Eisele, director of the band, said he has not been actively
seeking donations. "Naturally, weíd like to be a continuing
ensemble, but we havenít been asked back yet," he said. If that
should happen, heíd like to see the band have matching shirts, and
"music is always helpful, but we are not actively soliciting
contributions." In the meantime, they are just blowing their own
Q: Did I see that
Miles OíBrien of CNN was at AirVenture this year?
C.R., Appleton, Wisconsin
You did. In fact, Miles strapped on the Martin Jetpack, and like the
official demonstration Tuesday on AeroShell Square, he soared a foot or
so above the earth. He was, however, enthusiastic about it.
Q: The AirVenture
programs are sold by the "TelecomPioneers." Who are they,
K.W., Oshkosh, Wisconsin
They are the people who sell the programs. Itís a fundraiser. They say
that they are the worldís largest corporate volunteer organization.
They were founded in 1911 as the Telephone Pioneers of America. They
changed the name in 2002 to reflect changes in their industry. There are
620,000 of them, current and retired workers (though not all of them are
here). And they have an endless list of good works to their credit. So
buy a program.
Q: I know it is
possible to obtain recordings of forum presentations, but how can I get
a recording of the Theater in the Woods performance by Jeff Dunham and
the Guitar Guy on Wednesday?
J.B., Kalamazoo, Michigan
You canít. Thatís protected material; itís what they do for a
living. However, you can buy CDs of previous performances. Check on the
Q: Why is there no
tram service through the campground to the exhibit area? It is a loooong,
hot, and tiring walk. The bus is too small and infrequent to be of any
T.A., Edina, Minnesota
A spokesperson said that the EAA will look into having more buses and
trams. In the meantime, just consider it the Oshkosh fitness and
weight-loss plan. People pay thousands of dollars for this sort of
thing. You should be grateful instead of great and full.
Q: Every year, my mom
packs burnt chicken. I hate burnt chicken. Is there any food I can buy
at AirVenture so I donít have to starve?
There is no excuse for you to starve at AirVenture. There is food here
ranging from, oh, say a "walking taco" to chicken that isnít
burned. Admittedly, much of the food involves sugar and grease, which,
in Wisconsin, are part of the basic food groups, but thatís good for
you. Before next year, you might consider buying your mom a cookbook and
a new stove.
Q: With the talk of
possible rain and storms lately, Iím wondering if anyone knows what
sort of wind the average Port-O-Let can withstand before it tips over.
You know, as a warning for people who might use them as a shelter.
J.S., Fort Worth, Texas
I talked to an engineer, and he said that a "bluff body" like
that could withstand winds of about 50 miles an hour, perhaps a little
more if they are grouped together. "Thatís the last place youíd
want to go in a high wind," he said. "You might end up in Oz,
but it would be pretty smelly." That would require a hazmat
cleanup. I donít want to talk about it.
Q: Where is the UFO
parking at AirVenture?
Why do I feel as though Iím being abducted? I am told that the Antique
and Classic area rejected them. You might look in Area 51.