There are several important Federal Aviation Administration-approved changes in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 Notice (commonly referred to as the Oshkosh NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 70th fly-in convention on July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. These changes are based on pilot feedback and FAA review of arrival procedure recommendations.
The document is in effect from noon CDT on Thursday, July 20, until noon CDT on Monday, July 31, and outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. The Notice was designed by the FAA to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning. It is now known as the Oshkosh Notice instead of a NOTAM because of a changed FAA internal procedure.
Some of the 2023 changes include:
A change in the AirVenture ultralight pattern at Wittman Regional Airport.
Guidance regarding Oshkosh aircraft parking areas, including North 40/South 40 designation.
Elimination of the Fond du Lac diversion procedure.
The start time of the daily air shows has been changed from 2:30 to 2:15 p.m. CDT.
The Notice and its procedures are effective through noon CDT on Monday, July 31.
The ATC-assignable transition points approaching Oshkosh from the west that will ease holding and congestion will again be in effect in 2023. These points are at Endeavor Bridge, Puckaway Lake, and Green Lake. They will be announced on the arrival ATIS when ATC activates them at times of highest traffic flows.
“The most essential information for any pilot flying to Oshkosh involves reading and thoroughly understanding the 2023 AirVenture Notice to ensure safe operations on arrival and departure,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “This FAA Notice document states the official requirements and expectations for pilots. We also urge all pilots to log appropriate cross-country time prior to their trip to Oshkosh so they have the proficiency and confidence to fly safely.”
EAA is also hosting a webinar on June 14 at 7 p.m. regarding flying to AirVenture 2023 and changes in this year’s Notice. Pilots are encouraged to participate to build their knowledge prior to their flights to Oshkosh.
Pilots can download a digital version of the Notice at EAA.org/NOTAM, or order a free printed copy via that website or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322.