July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - There’s
a lot happening “down on the farm” in the Ultralight area this year,
located at the south end of the AirVenture flightline.
Photo by Phil Weston
An ultralight aircraft has a tent snuggled under its wing.
Some of the early ultralights will receive
recognition, plus there’s an ultralight parts consignment area.
Rotorcraft pilots will also use the Ultralight area as their AirVenture
base and participate in expanded rotorcraft activities, thanks to support
from RotorWay International. For the first time, ultralight/lightplane
pilots can also camp next to their aircraft near the Ultralight Barn
“If the ultralight/lightplane area at
Oshkosh has been one of the event’s best-kept secrets, we want to make
sure that it’s a secret no more,” said Timm Bogenhagen, EAA ultralight
program manager. “The joy of basic, fun flying is what our area’s all
about. We love to fly and share that spirit of flight with everyone at
AirVenture. We invite all ultralight enthusiasts to join us down on the
As always, morning and evening flight
operations will be based on the 1,200-foot grass runway adjacent to the
Ultralight Barn. During these sessions, aviation enthusiasts can see
ultralights, powered parachutes, rotorcraft, and more demonstrating “low
and slow” flying.
This year, more events and activities have
been added, including:
- “Year of the Antique Ultralight” -
Welcoming the early models of ultralights from the 1970s and 1980s,
when this form of flying was taking shape.
- Ultralight camping - Just as in other
areas of the AirVenture grounds, ultralight pilots will have the
opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of camping next to their
- Ultralight Aeromart - A popular aircraft
parts consignment area, specially created for ultralight and
- Rotorcraft activities - With the support
of RotorWay International, there are more forums and programs for
rotorcraft owners and pilots than ever in a growing part of
- Ultralight chapters - A special area
will be set up for EAA ultralight chapters to promote their activities
along with special ultralight chapter competitions.
Improved flightline tram operations will
make it much easier to reach the Ultralight area this year.
Events for those who bring aircraft include
a special goody bag and the popular Ultralight Area Barbecue on Saturday,