AirVenture 2009 introduced some of the most significant site changes in the fly-in’s history. The good news for those coming to Oshkosh in 2010 is that there are more changes on the way that will add convenience and comfort for EAA members and others at the event.
The changes will take place on several areas of the grounds. They include:
Exhibit Hangar C expansion
- 18,000 square feet of additional indoor exhibit space to the north side of Hangar C.
- Adding indoor restrooms on the east side of Hangar C, which can be accessed from either the exhibit hangar or from outside.
North 40 aircraft camping
- Building a new shower building along the perimeter road, about halfway between North 40 registration and the current shower building. And yes, the new shower building will also have flush toilets!
- Establishing about 250 electrical hook-up campsites in the area currently reserved for 24-hour generator use. Those sites will cost a little more, and a process for reserving them (either a lottery or other method) will be announced in the near future.
- Maintaining no-electricity areas in some of the traditional camping areas, such as Paul’s Woods and the 101 Woods.
- Expanding the north/south road between Exhibit Hangars B & D and extending it to Kilps Road, just north of Hangars A & C. This will allow a better, more efficient tram loop to be established that will include a stop at the new restrooms.
- Chip-sealing roads in the Flymarket area, as well as major roads in Camp Scholler and Foundation Road near the Nature Center. This will help reduce the dust created by traffic and dry conditions.
- Constructing a porch addition on the south side of the IAC building to help support the aerobatic group's forums during AirVenture.
- A bike path between the North 40 and the Main Gate area, responding to requests for designated pathways for riding bikes between the campsite and the gate. The bike path will be next to what's known as Foundation Road in the AirVenture traffic loop, and won't create bike/pedestrian conflicts inside the gate. There will also be light towers along the way that will help for that bike path and the parking lots in that area, especially after Theater in the Woods programs or movies at the Fly-In Theater.
- A redesign for part of the warbirds area. That redesign will allow more hard surface parking and take some of the pressure off AeroShell Square for warbird aircraft, as well as create a better atmosphere for the Warbirds in Review programs, which have really grown in popularity. Some of the warbirds building and stands will also be moved or get a facelift.
Old control tower site
- There is still a lot of old pavement and assorted debris just under the ground surface there. This spring that area will be redesigned. Some roads will be re-routed, overhead power lines buried and a food court moved slightly.
Several of those projects will get underway as the snow melts and the ground thaws, while the Hangar C expansion will start right after the annual Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show on the EAA grounds in early April.