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Discussion in 'Upcoming Events and Trip Reports' started by BJC, Apr 12, 2019.
625,000 people went to Airventure. That's a record.
I bought a weekly pass. Does that account for 1 of 625,000 or 7 of 625,000?
I’m not good at judging crowd sizes, but it did seem to be a big crowd this year.
As long as they count it the same each year.
I felt the old school traditional to e and fabric airplanes were in short supply compared to pipe years but I still had fun.
I think the tube and fabric planes take a hit because most are not traveling planes. The owners are going to hitch a ride in someone’s Bonanza instead of flying a Spezio 600 miles. At least the majority. The owner of the Flybaby I saw flew from Pennsylvania,so some are up for adventure. The fast planes tend to be the ones that make it.
This. Things like Kitfoxes (and even C-150's) are under represented at Oshkosh because of the inconvenience of traveling in a slow airplane.
I just finished up my first ever visit to Oshkosh and all I can say is that it was a wonderful experience. Everyone from the big guns like Vans all the way to the smallest venders all went out of their way to talk to me and answer all of my questions no matter how silly.... definitely looking forward to being there again next year!
( Picture is of me and a couple of kids who learned how to cover a horizontal stabilizer in fabric at a very well run workshop)
A guy from Seattle said his RV-8 trip to Osh was 7hours. My airline travel total travel time (near Seattle) was 15 hours.
When I drive it is about 2000 miles and about 33 hours averaging 60 mph on the interstate. About the the same for any slow plane because of all the airport rest stops that take a bunch of time. Much more if delayed by wind or IMC.
any idea how many planes?
The hero of the convention was the 14 y/o kid that flew the Aerolite 103 from Virginia to Oshkosh.
I heard on the PA on Wednesday that 6000 planes had been there, so more than that by the end of the week.
Normal is over 10,000 planes. They always include nearby airports also.
The early rain really threw a loop in the start of the week.
At just over 73, I even run out of the house to look up!
And I live on airport grounds!
When you hear a pair of Stearmans flying overhead...
or the sound of a Twin Bonanza, or the unmistakable sound of the P51....... It's not an option!!
I’m impressed that you still can run.
I’ve been impressed with what I’ve read about the Merlin “Personal Sport Aircraft” https://aeromarine-lsa.com/merlin-psa/performance-specs/ so I looked at it more closely this year.
If it flies nicely, it would be an ideal “sunset flyer” for a late afternoon local flight. It also is faster than a Cub or Champ, and would be good for short CC flights where no significant baggage was needed. The only negative for someone tall (I’m 6’ 2”) is that my knees are less than an inch from hitting the structural cross bar at the base of the instrument panel. Either repositioning that or shifting the seat aft a couple of inches would be a significant design change.
Note that they are developing a hybrid electric and gasoline system utilizing a V-twin that will allow simultaneous use of both power sources.
Has anyone here flown one?
HA ! You're impressed???
Must have lived right... Just guessing...
Finally back from Oshkosh. We had a great time. I nearly got sick on Friday night but rest and hydration and determination prevailed.
Saw some of you there which was a treat, surely I missed a few more. But all the same, thanks to those who stopped by and saw our project, in my eyes dwarfed by some of the greats around us, but nevertheless the encouragement from visitors has been huge. The scale of this thing only gets bigger, despite the plane staying the same size.
I may have to revive an old thread and post a more proper update but still processing things.
New homebuilt area is fairly nice. I like the logistics of it well enough.
Jets are still loud.
Japanese jet glider from Nausicaa was awesome.
Lots of warbirds this year.
A few younger homebuilders out there giving me hope I'm not alone.
Wish there were more younger homebuilders.
Badland Ultralight looks really good.
Timber Tiger Ryan looks really good.
My eyes for a bigger Bearhawk or Murphy Moose or other 4+cargo plane have grown some this show.
Most of the drone/multirotor/distributed propulsion aircraft stuff in the innovation tent is boring to me. But one or two things seem less boring than the others, if only I could remember their crazy names for this stuff. Can Opener? Black Fly Super Rainbow?
Wish there was a more direct express tram from the homebuilding displays to the ultralight displays. The current tram method is slower than just walking , even with distractions. A line that just has two stops and goes between them would likely get a lot of use.
There's some better food than I remember in the past, but some worse. The food near the Warbirds was pitiful.
Need a proper booth/trailer for next year.
Need a camper for next year while we're at it.
Need a flying aircraft and a sellable kit next year for any of that to matter.
I managed to maintain my weight from before the show, while I'd assumed I'd sweat off at least a pound or two over the week.
Turns out I'm no longer the young kid who gets paid a few bucks to bang out a project. Now there's other, younger kids for that.
Jets are still loud.
I swang (swung?) by the booth and saw you there, but you seemed deep in thought and on a mission to complete your current task. I let you keep on keeping on, but I did recognize that you were there.
I concur with your observations. Plenty of loud stuff there. As @BJC, @BBerson, @mcrae0104, and I noted, it's awfully inconvenient that the Aeroshell Team and similar would be so inconsiderate to have a noisy airshow in the middle of our morning conversations.
I didn't see it, but was the following was relayed via a discussion of a forum I believe in regards to an Audrino EFI on a Lyc flying in a RV. Using the existing EFI fuel block, electric fuel pump, and a Ellison as a backup. Something like $300 worth of parts, it is flying, more tweaks to come. Anyone else have more info, I don't want to miss-quote etc.
BTW I had a blast at Solidworks University volunteering trying to get people going with the software
My best, Anthony
I started looking up watching the sky-writers in Bi-planes when I was 5 years old, that was 74 years ago, and still looking up and still love to watch birds fly.
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