The next Oshkosh fly-in

While Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) in Oshkosh is the busiest airport in the world for one week every year, there’s also a lot going on during the other 51 weeks. That’s the message that the local EAA Chapter 252 hopes to get across during its upcoming Wittman Airport Expo Day & EAA Chapter Pancake Breakfast, Sept. 14.

From 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Wittman Regional Airport & Oshkosh’s local EAA “Steve Wittman” Chapter 252 will team up with local airport businesses to host a “Wittman Airport Expo Day” in conjunction with the chapter’s annual September fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast.

Held at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh, this event is open to the public, and is accessible to anyone whether they fly-in or drive-in.

Bruce and Rae Botterman with their display New View Technologies

Bruce and Rae Botterman with their display New View Technologies

Activities will be centered in and around the Wittman Regional Airport Terminal building located off of 20th Avenue in Oshkosh.

Businesses and aviation-oriented organizations that operate from Wittman Airport will have exhibits on hand, both inside the terminal building as well as outside displays. This will provide an opportunity for area residents to see and learn about the various businesses that the airport supports.Businesses vary from small family run operations, to larger business with customers from around the world.

Wittman Airport was originally operated by, and is named after an early member of Chapter 252, S.J. “Steve” Wittman. The chapter does take an interest in promoting the airport and the businesses it supports, officials note.

Available will be a breakfast of sausage, eggs, beverages, and all you can eat pancakes. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 10. Pilots of homebuilt aircraft who fly in will receive a complimentary breakfast.

From 9 to 11 a.m. area youngsters ages 8-17 will have the opportunity to receive a free airplane ride through the Young Eagles program. Volunteer pilots and their aircraft will take one to three kids at a time, explain how their airplanes work, and demonstrate how safety is their prime concern before and during every flight. Following the flight, each child will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.

For more information: 252.eaachapter.org

PICTURED ABOVE: Personnel from Fox Valley Technical College tout the school’s aviation programs.

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