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
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.