Well, it's that time of year. Airventure 2010 is here and opening day is today at Oshkosh, Wi (KOSH) . Once again, Oshkosh's ATC tower will probably be designated as the busiest control tower in the world over these days as thousands of pilots descend on Oshkosh for the festivities. As an extremely AVID aviation enthusiast and pilot, I am pretty embarrassed to actually state that I have never been at Airventure. I was hoping to get out there this year, but don't have the vacation time and days off to make the trek up for the event this year. Hopefully I can plan my time a little better next year and maybe even fly into Airventure and camp on the field. That would be an amazing week long adventure.
However, this may be the first time I've ever heard of Oshkosh closing to general aviation traffic during the normal arrival period. The field was inundated with so much rain, they were not able to allow the normal process of landing planes and parking on the grassy areas. Airventure pilot's were requested to divert to Appleton (KATW) or Fond du Lac (KFLD) and possibly reposition to Oshkosh once the weather and field conditions cooperated.
Still, I'd love nothing more than to be able to head out there and spend the week among fellow aviation enthusiasts and experience on of the largest aviation events in the world.
I may comment on event's and occurrences at Airventure, though I'd much rather be doing it while being there in person.