Upcoming Project on Runway 9/27


The continued reconstruction of Taxiway B includes the replacement of the High Intensity Runway Lights (HIRL) for Runway 9/27 and the in-ground lighting cans and electrical cabling for the runway lights, as well as the Distance-To-Go markers.


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New Improvements Underway


Residents of Winnebago County have been hearing about the proposed Taxiway B reconstruction project for many months, and have probably been wondering if and when the project is ever going to happen.


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Making a Difference


Minor Improvements Make a Big Difference


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Hangar C Overhaul


The crew of Wittman Regional Airport recently completed an overhaul of the electrical wiring and lighting in the C Hangar complex on the airport’s north side. Recent  advances in lighting technologies, and the overall need to update the electrical service to each hangar to better accommodate other devices needed to support tenants’ aircraft necessitated the work on this complex, which was constructed in 1980.


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Groundbreaking


It took over ten years of discussions, negotiations, ideas and presentations to reach the pinnacle, but the milestone of breaking ground for the new Oshkosh Aviation Business Park was finally accomplished on Thursday, September 4.


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Airventure 2014


The 10,000 visiting airplanes have flown home but the impact of EAA AirVenture resonates through the city of Oshkosh all year. EAA AirVenture, the largest annual event held in Winnebago County and the largest aviation convention anywhere in the world, experienced a more than 5 percent jump in attendance over 2013’s numbers as the flying world celebrated innovation, achievement and the value of general aviation.


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Wittman Rehabilitation Project


1. Terminal & FBO Ramp Rehabilitation. Areas of the terminal and FBO ramps, particularly in the areas of the Basler FBO office (original airline terminal), had failed concrete panels that were sunk, cracked, and the subsurface failed. 


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Matt Scales, the historian who tracked down the C-47 that led the main D-Day paratroop drops to Basler Turbo Conversions, shared his latest discoveries about his historic airplane.

“I found out that while it did lead the main force, we had the name of the aircraft wrong. The name of the aircraft was That’s All—Brother. We discovered this fact when we came across this footage of the C-47 taking off from Greenham Common,” writes Scales. Starting at 2:30 you can see paratroopers boarding C-47 92847, and watch That’s All Brother taxi out for its flight into history.

 

“Apparently, Col. Donalson (438th TCG commander) named it that as a message to Hitler that with the invasion, his plans were done. In other words, That’s all, brother,” Scales continues.

Talking to Col. Donalson’s daughter, Scales learned that he chose 92847 as the lead because Belle of Birmingham was his pride and joy and he didn’t want it scared by the installation of the equipment that would follow the pathfinder’s signals. A tenacious researcher, he learned that the Belle was scrapped in Mexico during the 1970s.

So far, a new owner interested in restoring the airplane to its historic prime has not yet stepped up, said Randy Myers, Basler’s director of production and engineering. To buy That’s All—Brother some more time, Myers scheduled some other DC-3s ahead of it for conversion to a BT-67, but like the paratroopers it carried on D-Day, the historic C-47 is fast approaching the doorway where it will make the jump to a turbine-powered workhorse.

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NOVEMBER 1

Aviation Committee Meeting

Airport Conference Room - 8:30 am

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DECEMBER 6

Aviation Committee Meeting

Airport Conference Room - 8 am

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