News and stories from Wittman Regional Airport!

At the Oshkosh Area School District board meeting on Wednesday, May 14, Wittman Regional Airport Director Peter Moll recognized and rewarded the silver and gold aviation essays in the third annual Airport Writing Contest. Open to elementary, middle, and high school students in Winnebago County, it challenges students to write about the aviation experiences that made a difference in their lives.

After evaluating dozens of essays, the judges have determined the winners of the 2014 Wittman Regional Airport Writing Contest. Airport Director Peter Moll will recognize and reward the top two writers in each grade at the Oshkosh Area School District board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the district office, 215 South Eagle St.

If there is a structure that personifies Wittman Regional Airport, it would likely be the big white block hangar with its FBO beacon above the Phillips 66 shield and its name in 5-foot-tall green letters: BASLER.

Warren and Pat Basler planted the fixed-base operation in Oshkosh in 1957, said Mary Garcia, its general manager, who started working there in the 1970s. Since then, the company has evolved to keep pace with time’s changes to the aviation marketplace and the needs of its customers.

Bruce Botterman is an atypical artist. The thickness of the canvas on which he works, aircraft windows and windshields, is measured in thousandths of an inch, and the success of his painstaking work is transparent, invisible to the human eye.

Because our blog functions as the airport’s official newspaper, we see it as our link to the community, a place to share some of the fun stories as well as those about how the hard work of everyone on the airport affects the 169,000 people who live within Winnebago County here in east central Wisconsin.

When corrugated sheets of galvanized steel were bolted to their structural steel skeleton in 1946, the 10 contiguous T-hangars on the east side of its 300 acres was Wittman Regional Airport’s answer to the boom in light airplanes that would surely follow the end of World War II the previous year. The demolition and recycling of the 68-year-old hangars makes way for redevelopment that will pragmatically meet the airport’s future aviation needs.

Peter's passage - "Then again, of all my relatives, I like myself the best."