The annual Winter Flight Fest returns Feb. 11, 2023, at the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, including the popular Skiplane Fly-In.
The day is designed for all ages and includes a family-friendly series of activities through the museum and at its Pioneer Airport facility, according to EAA officials.
Activities included with regular museum admission that day:
- Wright Flyer simulator: Take the controls of the first powered airplane at Kitty Hawk.
- Paper airplane launcher: Fold your best creation and see how it flies.
- X-Planes: Create your own X-Plane and test it through various obstacles.
- A Pararescue challenge where kids design a miniature parachute and test it in a wind tunnel.
- Indoor model airplane flying: Discover what it takes to build and fly a radio-control model.
- Clothespin airplanes: Make your own airplane refrigerator magnet.
- Airplane model building contest: Open to all ages with no entry fee, with divisions for adults and youth. Contestants can build their models prior to Feb. 11 but must have their models registered by 1 p.m. Judging begins at 2 p.m., with winners announced immediately afterward.
Pilots will land on the snow-covered airstrip at Pioneer Airport throughout the day.
Museum visitors are welcome to walk among the parked airplanes and discover more about this facet of fun flying, EAA officials said.
Shuttles will operate from the museum to Pioneer Airport throughout the day.
As part of the Skiplane Fly-In tradition, enjoy free chili at Pioneer Airport. The tradition of chili at the Skiplane Fly-In started as a way to help celebrate Audrey Poberezny’s birthday, who co-founded EAA with her husband Paul.
Pilots who are interested in flying their skiplanes to the event must pre-register on EAA’s website here.