OSHKOSH, WI -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association's 57th annual fly-in convention July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The NOTAM, which is in effect July 24 to Aug. 3, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. It was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist pilots in their AirVenture flight planning. While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some noteworthy changes compared to the 2008 version and updates on 29 of the NOTAM's 32 pages.
Some of those changes include:
- The NOTAM is effective longer this year - until Noon on August 3, the day after AirVenture.
- There are changes to the Volk Field Military Operations Area (MOA) times and also active military aircraft around Milwaukee.
- The parking area at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton is relocated.
- There are new descriptions of the VFR arrivals to Oshkosh and Fond du Lac.
- Some IFR routings and altitudes are changed.
A high influx of VFR arrivals is expected to begin at Oshkosh on Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25. Besides following the published arrival and departure procedures in the AirVenture NOTAM, pilots should maintain high vigilance in watching for other aircraft. Pilots are expected to have a copy of the NOTAM available for in-flight reference.
The on-line Adobe Acrobat (pdf) version of the NOTAM is available in the "Planning" section of the EAA AirVenture website at www.airventure.org. A free copy of the printed NOTAM is available by calling EAA Membership Services at (800) 564-6322 or through the EAA AirVenture website. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving at and departing from EAA AirVenture 2009 will also be available online at www.airventure.org/atc.
This year's NOTAM cover photo illustration features FAA air traffic controllers working one of the field sites at Wittman Regional Airport. More than 50 air traffic controllers are selected to work EAA AirVenture each year.