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AeroTV at OSH21: Popular AirVenture Helicopter Rides Thrill Show-Goers

What Goes Up—May Do So 3,500 Times

EAA’s AirVenture at Oshkosh is a big deal, the biggest of its kind—in the world. During the show, the VFR control tower frequency at Wittman Regional Airport, where the event is held, is the busiest—in the world.

Last year, the weeklong airshow drew over six-hundred-thousand attendees, ten-thousand visiting aircraft, 2,979 show-planes,  and 867 commercial exhibitors. It’s a lot to see—and among the best ways to see it is to avail one’s self of the helicopter rides offered by Jimmy Freeman and his crew.

For 27-years, Mr. Freeman and a group of 13 pilots and mechanics have been thrilling AirVenture attendees with rides in a fleet of four, light helicopters. Throughout the show, the intrepid bunch gives as many as 3,500 rides comprising 175-hours of flight-time.

In 1994, to off-set the cost of maintaining his Bell 47-G2 helicopter, Mr. Freeman started giving revenue rides in the machine. The rides proved popular, and for over a quarter-century have served to delight AirVenture show-goers and raise money for the EAA.

Oshkosh-bound parties interested in getting an airborne view of one of aviation’s greatest spectacles will find Mr. Freeman and his crew at the show’s Pioneer Village section.

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