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National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON flight competition coming to EAA, Wittman Regional Airport in 2020

Oshkosh to host NIFA SAFECON Nationals for the first time

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 25, 2019) — The National Intercollegiate Flight Association (NIFA) SAFECON flight competition is coming to Oshkosh for the first time on May 18-23, 2020. SAFECON is the premier collegiate flight competition with over 500 competitors from more than 30 schools.

Young pilots from across the country will compete for awards in a variety of aviation skills including: landing, navigation, preflight, flight planning, crew based simulations, safety, sportsmanship and more. The entirety of the competition will be hosted on the EAA grounds, utilizing both the convention grounds and the museum. All ground, spot landing, and flying events will be based at Wittman Regional Airport except the cross country competition which will start in Oshkosh and briefly leave the area.

“This competition brings together the nation’s top collegiate pilots to showcase their flying skills,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs. “Many of the competitors in SAFECON are those who become the next generation of top professional pilots and flight instructors.”

Thanks to the establishment of NIFA, these competitions have made their way from being held exclusively at Ivy League schools in the ‘20s and early ‘30s, to the EAA grounds in Oshkosh to celebrate the 100th year of competition in 2020.

Teams will arrive a few days prior to the competition, bringing economic impact to Oshkosh and the surrounding area. The NIFA SAFECON competition is also being supported by the Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Midwest ATC, and Basler Flight Service.

National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON flight competition coming to EAA, Wittman Regional Airport in 20202019-06-26T15:32:02-05:00

Governor Evers approves more than $600,000 for planning and pavement projects at Wittman Regional Airport

Governor Tony Evers approved funding totaling $400,000 to develop a master plan for the Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, and an additional $218,000 for pavement maintenance.

The airport is host to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture event, which brings in more than 10,000 aircraft and approximately 500,000 people. This event is important to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, the aviation community, and surrounding communities and needs to be considered when looking at future projects.

According to Lucas Ward, P.E., airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Aeronautics, the project will guide the airport’s development for the next 20 years.

Funds from the state, Winnebago County and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be used for the planning project.

Funding Breakdown

  • State = $20,000
  • Winnebago County = $20,000
  • FAA = $360,000

The planning project is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and should be completed in early 2021.

In addition to the airport planning work, this summer work will begin to crack seal and microsurface airport pavements and will continue over the next year and a half. This work will extend the useful life of the pavement.

Funds totaling $218,000 will come from the state, Winnebago County and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the crack seal and microsurface project.

Funding Breakdown

  • State = $10,900
  • Winnebago County = $10,900
  • FAA = $196,200

Airport improvement projects are administered through the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics. Wittman Regional Airport is one of 97 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for state and federal funding.

Governor Evers approves more than $600,000 for planning and pavement projects at Wittman Regional Airport2019-03-31T21:20:48-05:00

EAA AirVenture Celebrates 50 Consecutive Years In Oshkosh

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH CELEBRATES 50 CONSECUTIVE YEARS IN OSHKOSH DURING 2019 FLY-IN

World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration seeks people and aircraft that attended in 1970

50 Years in OshkoshEAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (December 20, 2018) — The Experimental Aircraft Association is marking the 50th consecutive year of its annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention in Oshkosh in 2019 with a full schedule of activities for arriving aviators and residents of EAA’s hometown. The 67th annual event is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The EAA fly-in convention was first held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953. In 1959, the event moved to Rockford, Illinois, where it was held annually through 1969 before coming to Oshkosh. EAA moved its permanent headquarters from the Milwaukee area to Oshkosh in 1983.

“A half-century ago, EAA founder Paul Poberezny saw Oshkosh as the perfect place to bring together aviation enthusiasts,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “Oshkosh has become synonymous with ‘The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration’ so it’s natural that we commemorate 50 consecutive years here with events that involve those who attend and those who have made the city such a welcoming place for aviators.”

EAA is seeking any of the showplanes present at the 1970 EAA fly-in convention and inviting the current owners to bring them to Oshkosh next summer. They will be featured in exclusive parking areas on the grounds. In addition, EAA is seeking members and volunteers who will be attending their 50th consecutive fly-in in 2019, and unique memorabilia and stories from the 1970 event that will add to the history of what has grown to be the largest annual fly-in in the world. In 2018, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh welcomed more than 600,000 people from 87 nations, along with more than 10,000 aircraft.

As a thank you to Oshkosh residents for welcoming the aviation world to their city for the past half-century, there will be special offers for community members and additional ways to engage in this historic milestone. Those details and others are still in development and will be announced as they are finalized.

“Over 50 years, nearly every significant aircraft type in the world has landed on the runways at Wittman Regional Airport to be part of the EAA fly-in,” Larsen said. “More important are the stories of the people who have come to be a part of this event and the legacy of what is now known simply as ‘Oshkosh.’ That is what we will be celebrating in 2019.”

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

EAA AirVenture Celebrates 50 Consecutive Years In Oshkosh2019-01-20T17:44:02-05:00