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dragon2knight

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The title says it all unfortunately. Here's the Twitter post:
Oshkosh 2020 Cancelled

Give the link some time as EAA's site is obviously getting hammered right now....I myself had kept up a little hope of this happening, thankfully the cabin I set up for this moved my reservation to next year without missing a beat as they were planning for this to happen one way or the other. I hope everyone else has a similar experience 🤞
 
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EAA AirVenture
We Don’t Gamble, We Need A Sure Thing
AirVenture 2020 is officially canceled

My fellow EAA’rs. It is May here in Wisconsin, and unfortunately like many of you across the country, we are still under a stay at home order through May 26. Normally, this is the month when we start our preflight planning for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. By this time, we should have begun ramping up our entire site in preparation for our July convention. Volunteers from across the country and world would have descended on Oshkosh. Together they would have formed work parties, our suppliers would begin start setting up tents and infrastructure. Our EAA staff would be printing wrist bands, campers guides, programs and an assortment of EAA collateral as full-on AirVenture execution begins.

But because of circumstances beyond our control, none of this can happen now. We cannot even get to the hangar so our preflight is left to watching the prog charts. While this certainly makes the ability to prepare for the event a scheduling problem, it does not preclude the bigger issue of predicting what will be the health guidelines in July. Right now, there are three phases that have been defined in Wisconsin as the recommended procedures. As I write this, we are not in Phase 1 yet. Phase 2 restricts gatherings to 50 people. Phase 3 allows for mass gathering with restrictions.

Our convention attracts EAA members not only from the U.S. but around the world. Today we cannot predict when we will be at a point that our event meets the all clear Phase 3 milestone for mass gathering with restrictions. As your leader, I see no clear path to meet our own requirements to insure the health and safety expectations our organization demands for our employees, members, volunteers, exhibitors and attendees. That includes sanitization, separation and personal protection requirements.

My conclusion is, like in any good flight planning, don’t take the risk. Therefore, I have no choice but to cancel AirVenture 2020. Together, we can come back stronger, safer and ready for AirVenture 2021 and create a memorable world class aviation event. Because of our dedicated and enthusiastic EAA members, our Association is strong. We know that at some point this storm will pass. And over the next 12 months we will continue to support all of you as we again, together, grow EAA in the Spirit of Aviation.

Respectfully,
Jack J. Pelton
Jack J. Pelton
Experimental Aircraft Association
CEO and Chairman of the Board
 

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EAA AirVenture
We Don’t Gamble, We Need A Sure Thing
AirVenture 2020 is officially canceled

My fellow EAA’rs. It is May here in Wisconsin, and unfortunately like many of you across the country, we are still under a stay at home order through May 26. Normally, this is the month when we start our preflight planning for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. By this time, we should have begun ramping up our entire site in preparation for our July convention. Volunteers from across the country and world would have descended on Oshkosh. Together they would have formed work parties, our suppliers would begin start setting up tents and infrastructure. Our EAA staff would be printing wrist bands, campers guides, programs and an assortment of EAA collateral as full-on AirVenture execution begins.

But because of circumstances beyond our control, none of this can happen now. We cannot even get to the hangar so our preflight is left to watching the prog charts. While this certainly makes the ability to prepare for the event a scheduling problem, it does not preclude the bigger issue of predicting what will be the health guidelines in July. Right now, there are three phases that have been defined in Wisconsin as the recommended procedures. As I write this, we are not in Phase 1 yet. Phase 2 restricts gatherings to 50 people. Phase 3 allows for mass gathering with restrictions.

Our convention attracts EAA members not only from the U.S. but around the world. Today we cannot predict when we will be at a point that our event meets the all clear Phase 3 milestone for mass gathering with restrictions. As your leader, I see no clear path to meet our own requirements to insure the health and safety expectations our organization demands for our employees, members, volunteers, exhibitors and attendees. That includes sanitization, separation and personal protection requirements.

My conclusion is, like in any good flight planning, don’t take the risk. Therefore, I have no choice but to cancel AirVenture 2020. Together, we can come back stronger, safer and ready for AirVenture 2021 and create a memorable world class aviation event. Because of our dedicated and enthusiastic EAA members, our Association is strong. We know that at some point this storm will pass. And over the next 12 months we will continue to support all of you as we again, together, grow EAA in the Spirit of Aviation.

Respectfully,
Jack J. Pelton
Jack J. Pelton
Experimental Aircraft Association
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Thanks for adding that, the site crashed too many times for me to get it 👍
 

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Looking forward to 2021. I don't know if 2021 is a sure thing or how it will be different with restrictions if the virus returns or not.
 

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Looking forward to 2021. I don't know if 2021 is a sure thing or how it will be different with restrictions if the virus returns or not.
I'm sure we'll all be better prepared for it at the least. Living in a big city(NYC) I'm seeing the serious impact this has had first hand, and it ain't pretty. Business' I've frequented for decades are shut down and many more seem on the brink. It HAS to get better at some point, and I hope it's sooner rather than later.
 

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It’s definitely going to slam the Oshkosh economy. Especially the teen/ college kid summer workforce. The port-a- potty contract owner is probably crying.

For some of the big exhibitors, a rest is probably welcome. Those trade show cost in their pocket. If if sales stays ok without the show, they might think about scaling the show back. Hope not. The fly mart people will get slammed. The airshow people are going to have a hard season too.

Maybe they will have time roll the camping sight grounds flatter and fix some of the mud traps.
 

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Looking forward to 2021. I don't know if 2021 is a sure thing or how it will be different with restrictions if the virus returns or not.
Possibly a vaccine by then? There are positive signs. At the very least, we'll hopefully have a better understanding of the risk and WI govt/EAA/attendees decisions can be based on better information.
 

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History says we should see more grass roots type flyins popping up to replace a large social event. Might actually be a good thing although I was hoping to go to Oshkosh this year.
 

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At least it will bring down the costs for vendors to set up their display booths next year. Most of the vendors are going to suffer big revenue losses in 2020 like every other business. So they will have far less ability to pony up for the huge cots of a booth at Oshkosh. EAA may have to scale back their pricing if they want vendors to show up in 2021.
 

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Nothing wrong with small fly-ins, but the things that I enjoy about Oshkosh and Sun n Fun are not available at the small, grass roots fly-ins; access to experts in forums, how-to demonstrations and workshops; opportunities to see the latest hardware, equipment, tools and avionics, and get answers to questions about them; and, visiting with friends, acquaintances and strangers.


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Possibly a vaccine by then? There are positive signs. At the very least, we'll hopefully have a better understanding of the risk and WI govt/EAA/attendees decisions can be based on better information.
A doctor I follow said flu vaccine studies shows vaccines are usually ineffective because they are for the previous years strain.
This vaccine may or may not work.
 

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A doctor I follow said flu vaccine studies shows vaccines are usually ineffective because they are for the previous years strain.
This vaccine may or may not work.
At the risk of getting hand-slapped: the seasonal flu vaccine becomes less effective rapidly because those noraviruses mutate/adapt rapidly. Things are very different with these RNA coronaviruses, the present one has changed very little despite lots of "steps" and hosts. It appears to be behaving more like measles, where one vaccination can protect for many years. We hope. . .
 

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I think I will go to Osh one day that week, visit the museum, have lunch at a familar place, go back to the museum, have dinner at another familiar place, then fly home. Who is with me?
I’ve been thinking of going through Oshkosh on my way to Binghamton, NY. If I do, the time on Oshkosh will be the end of the convention week.


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I was planning on my first trip there this year (I'm 58) with my son. It was to be our first big trip and we were planning to go early to avoid the craziness given my limited experience. Oh well, I've waited this long, we'll figure out something a little closer to home (Seattle) and still have a great time I'm sure. Flying for Pilots n Paws will keep me busy.
 
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