New Holding Pattern, NORDO Times, Change In Airshow Waiver
For some, the first
telltale signs of spring are found not in blooming flowers and
warmer temperatures -- no, for pilots it's not truly springtime
until the Notice to Airmen for arrival and departure
procedures for the annual EAA AirVenture Fly-In are published.
Well, the birds are now singing -- and the NOTAM, which is in
effect July 22-31, is now available for download on the EAA's
The NOTAM outlines procedures for the many different types of
aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft
landing at nearby airports. It was designed by EAA and FAA to
assist pilots in preparations for their AirVenture flights.
According to the EAA, there are some noteworthy changes compared
to the 2005 version. Those changes include an additional VFR
holding pattern established at Green Lake; air show waiver times
that close the airport a half-hour sooner than in previous years; a
displaced threshold on Runway 27; and a time block for NORDO (no
radio) arrival requests at 0700-1000 daily.
A high influx of VFR arrivals is expected to begin at Oshkosh on
Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. Besides following the published
arrival and departure procedures in the AirVenture NOTAM, pilots
should maintain high vigilance in watching for other aircraft.
The online version of the NOTAM -- a .pdf file --- is available
in the "Plan For It/Pilot Information" area of the EAA AirVenture
website. In addition, printable arrival and departure signs for
aircraft are available through the Pilot Information area of the
For traditionalists, a 32-page printed NOTAM is also available
by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322 or through any
one of 15 selected Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS)
throughout the country. The printed version may also be requested
through the EAA AirVenture web site.
Oh, and one final bit of information: additional hints and tips
for pilots arriving at and departing from EAA AirVenture 2006 are
available online here, from those who know
best: the air traffic controllers who expertly handle the massive
influx of air traffic into and from Wittman Field every July.