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Oshkosh Awash - Airventure pummelled by rain

Making the trip to Oshkosh for Airventure every year there is one thing that I have noticed, as I drive or fly over the top of Lake Michigan it always seems to rain.

This year was no exception, as I started driving across the Upper Peninsula rain drops started hitting the windshield of the van.

The difference was the intensity, it came down so hard that it forced me to pull over and wait it out.

Several hours later when my wife and I drove into Oshkosh the first thing we noticed was that all the fields were covered in water.

For whatever reason this did not sink in to my thick skull, and I proceeded to register for camping. After paying over $200.00 for the privilege to camp in an open field with limited access to washrooms, and showers, we proceeded to the ultralight camping area, only to find it CLOSED!

Actually it was flooded out! The rain that we ran into on the way down, had apparently visited Oshkosh before heading north! Everything was flooded! We managed to find a parking spot in the main camping area, on what I thought was high ground. That night it poured for several more hours, when I stepped out of the van in the morning the water was up to the running boards of the van!

Starting the van up resulted in the exhaust pipe blowing bubbles into the water! I was able to drive out but others were not so fortunate, which was evident by the number of large four wheel drive John Deere tractors that were making the rounds with pulling straps attached to them.

As we drove down the back roads all we could see was mile upon mile of motorhomes pulled over on the side of the road. By the second day not only were the back roads filled, but every vacant parking lot in Oshkosh was packed full. And they stayed right there! EAA brought out washrooms, and provided shuttle buses back and forth to the grounds.

Fortunately for us the Ultralight Camp ground dried out enough to allow us in for the weekend, and the rain just went away.


Airventure 2010

1 Aerolite 103 part 103 legal ultralight aircraft
2 Airdrome Aeroplanes Sopwith Camel experimental lightsport aircraft
3 Backyard Flyer HP  experimental amateur built lightsport aircraft
4 Belite ultralight or experimental amateur built aircraft
5 Just Aircraft Escapade powered by Bush King VW aircraft engine conversion
6 Flight Designs CTLS on Claymar amphibious floats
7 Caravella Aerospace Caravellair three wheel roadable aircraft
8 CGS Hawk single place part 103 legal ultralight aircraft
9 Matthieu de Quillacq, flies a CH 7 Kompress helicopter from France to Airventure
10 Phoenix 103 part legal ultralight, experimental amateur built aircraft
11 Dragonfly DF1 rocket powered tip jet helicopter by avimech international aircraft
12 HKS 700 T 80 HP turbo charged aircraft engine on Earthstar Odyssey
13 Solar Riser -  solar powered ultralight aircraft made first flight in 1979
14 Elitar Sigma light sport aircraft
15 FK Light Planes FK 9 ELA, from the Hansen Air Group 
16 SlipStream Ultra Sport lightsport aircraft
17 HoneyBee G2 single and two place gyrocopters by Aeroworks International.
18 i Cub, Bush iCub, SportAir USA light sport aircraft
19 Kitfox Super Sport with a Rotec Radial engine firewall forward installation package.  
20 Kolb Aircraft under new ownership
21 Mosquito XE experimental helicopter with Hexadyen P60 4 stroke aircraft engine
22 Matco brakes, Matco wheels, Matco tail wheels
23 Electra Chute by Powrachute
24 Patriot experimental lightsport aircraft
25 M-Squared Breese II certified as light sport aircraft float plane
26 Emergency Response International  (ERI) Light Aircraft Survival kit

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