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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedUltralights itching to get to AirVenture
Story and photo by Randy Dufault
 
Lee Crevier, ultralight chairman, is aching to lay out the ultralight runway and start receiving airplanes.

“Unfortunately you can’t paint water,” Crevier said, “and we still have standing water on the runway.”

That grass strip, at the far south end of the AirVenture grounds, is on relatively high ground. But it slopes a bit from the north to the south. As of Saturday morning there was standing water at the south end causing the runway to remain unmarked and closed.

Ultralight fliers are ready to get to Oshkosh and start their AirVenture activities. A number of arriving craft are staged at outlying fields ready to complete the last leg of their trips, but they will need to hold off until the runway is ready. Crevier indicated everyone understands the situation and is willing to wait a bit longer.

The ultralight grounds and campground are closed to all vehicle traffic—even carts—to give the grass areas as much time as possible to dry. Campers are being parked on Ripon Road for now, and vendors are holding off setting up their booths and displays.

“We should be in good shape Sunday,” Crevier said. “We just want to keep it from turning to mud.”

All ultralight activities remain on schedule with no changes planned. A group of 12 powered parachute fliers, on a trek to fly their machines in all 50 states, will arrive on Monday. New this year is a hot-air balloon launch scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday mornings.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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