We are just under two weeks from opening day, but Camp Scholler and the AirVenture grounds are already coming to life. Campers have started to trickle in (or at least put their claims in), and our great volunteer force is doing a yeoman's job of helping ready the convention site.
Those who have arrived early got the first look at the drainage improvements and newly chip-sealed roads in various areas, and many like what they see. We got a good rain early Monday morning that was handled with ease by the expanded ditches. As confident as we are in that they would be able to withstand the conditions we saw last year much better, we don't want them to be tested too much. We are a bunch that always prefers clear skies.
You can check out where the Wi-Fi spots are on the AirVenture grounds map, and new this year will be a dedicated Wi-Fi building that will feature charging stations for your computers or other electric accessories. Those of you without electrical hookups at your campsites can use this area to get charged.
Moving onto the convention site, we are pleased to be offering an additional food provider this year. Fratellos, a popular restaurant in the Fox Valley, will offer an expanded menu to AirVenture attendees, and will be located just north of Garmin Exhibit Hangar D off Celebration Way. Be sure to check out the variety they have to offer.
Sticking with food, a concession stand has been added to the Hangar Café for "express" items to help ease congestion. You'll be able to a grab a quick coffee or snack and be on your way.
With all of the dedicated Burt Rutan and Chris Heintz activities going on during AirVenture, the Homebuilt area is sure to be a hot spot. To accommodate the larger amount of homebuilt aircraft expected, we've expanded the homebuilt parking area to the north side of P-1.
And finally, we are looking at securing a number of portalets as well as trash units that might pose a danger to people and/or aircraft should a severe storm with high winds strike. This is one of the safety measures we can take away from the unfortunate events at Sun 'n Fun earlier this year. We won't be able to secure all of them this year, but we will be able to address the high traffic areas.
On that note, be sure to sign up for our new text messaging service for Weather & Vehicle Traffic Alerts during AirVenture to stay informed on potential severe weather and procedures to follow. To receive necessary text alerts to your mobile device, text OSHALERT to 84444.
Additionally, you may also sign up for the Features & Attractions Alert by texting OSHFUN to 84444. You may cancel both at anytime by texting STOP to 84444.
Keep checking back to this blog leading up to opening day as well as the first few days of AirVenture for periodic updates on aircraft parking and campsite capacity.
Clear skies and safe travels! We'll see you here at KOSH!