for EAA AirVenture 2010 in the Vintage area are well underway.
“We need to be smart about staying off
the grass,” said H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the Vintage
Aircraft Association. “It is critical that we not mess up the site
just for expediency’s sake.”
Taxiway Papa is part of the strategy for
keeping off the turf. Arriving airplanes are being parked on both sides
of the taxiway, a plan that continued through Saturday. Movement to the
sod parking areas will begin as soon as conditions allow.
“As the weather gets better now our
biggest challenge is the lag time between the weather and [the grounds],”
Frautschy said. “The grounds haven’t quite caught up to the [now
VFR] weather. Water is still flowing, but it will percolate down, and we
can start moving airplanes.”
Activity in vintage camping was well
underway Saturday with a large number of tents set up and occupied. Even
though the airplanes remained on the taxiway, arriving members are
allowed to pick out a spot and pitch their tents.
Some airplanes did make it into vintage
camping. Ground conditions were good on Thursday, allowing a few to park
before the Friday rains.
By mid-day Saturday parts of vintage
airplane parking were nearing readiness.
“We’re actually pretty lucky,”
Frautschy said. “The section of ground where we are going to put the
DC-3s is actually pretty good right now. We are going to take some of
that area and use it for regular vintage parking and change our layout
for the DC-3s. Turns out more of the DC-3s plan on camping than we had
Overall Frautschy is confident all will
be in order by the start of AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday.
“We have two days. We need to be
careful not to wear out our volunteers, but we’ll be ready.”