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Maybe don’t Fly Solo – AirVenture Arrival – World’s Busiest Airport!

In this episode of Flight Chops, we’re sharing tips and insights from experts and insiders about how best to prepare for, and execute your arrival into #AirVenture, the world’s biggest #Aviation event!

If you’re planning for 2023, come visit the Hartzell booth to see the RV-14 and get a fist bump! The rest of my event scheme will be at https://www.FlightChops.com, posted on the various socials, and in the Flight Chops community mailer this week.

Fred Stadler has been the EAA lead on the #Oshkosh NOTAM for 30 years. A long time pilot and mechanic, Fred also volunteers at the EAA Pioneer Airport, flying old airplanes and Young Eagles. To learn more about volunteering during AirVenture, visit the EA website, or try this link: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/support-eaa/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities-at-airventure/available-airventure-volunteer-positions

Ed Wischmeyer is an aviation safety researcher who asks questions like, why do pilots only lose control in turns at low altitudes? At AirVenture 2023, he will be presenting forums on Setting Reasonable Expectations for Angle of Attack, Base to Final Turn Loss of Control, and the Expanded Envelope Exercises®, a fun way to make pilots safer and more at home flying their everyday planes. He is also a widely published aviation journalist.  

Ed’s events at Osh 2023: (they’re all at 10am)
Monday: NAFI tent behind Garmin
Tuesday: Forum tent 3
Friday: Pilot Proficiency Center

And thanks to CFI Claire for being a good sport when Ed introduced me and we threw a camera in her face for comments with no notice 🙂


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