But Event Saw Growth In Number Of Int'l Visitors
We know it was big. It's big every year. But exactly how big was
it this year?
On Tuesday, the Experimental Aircraft Association released
official figures on attendance for AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, which
officially wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
EAA President Tom Poberezny noted, "The concern was that 2008
would be less than a banner year, because of questions and
challenges in areas such as fuel prices and the economy, but it
turned out to be an overwhelming week. Each day on the grounds was
filled with outstanding activities that made every day at
AirVenture a unique event in itself. This year's 'Oshkosh' was the
shot of enthusiasm, inspiration, and economic boost that aviation
Overall attendance is estimated at 540,000, which is a slight
drop from last year but on par with 2006. More than 10,000 aircraft
arrived at Wittman Regional Airport and alternate landing
facilities in the area, down about one percent from last year, but
World War II-era warbirds were actually more numerous than last
year, despite their thirst for increasingly-pricey avgas.
One big increase can be credited on the declining value of the
US Dollar. Favorable exchange rates brought 2,128 registered
visitors to Oshkosh from 71 nations, an increase of 25 percent.
Campers in the fly-in and drive-in categories totalled more than
37,000 this year, and there were 865 registered media
representatives on-site from five continents.
Poberezny says next year's event will feature Virgin Galactic's
White Knight Two space vehicle, a reunion of participants from
Concorde's five visits to Oshkosh over the past 25 years, and a
salute to mission aviators who perform humanitarian work around the
"Visitors in 2009 will also begin to see additional amenities
and site upgrades that will make EAA AirVenture 2009 an even better
experience and value as The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration,"
We're already marking our calendars, Tom!