"The Best Ever" Following Adjustment To '06 Numbers
It was a banner year for attendance at AirVenture 2007... but
with an asterisk attached. That's the word from the Experimental
Aircraft Association, which estimates some 560,000 people took in
the festivities at the weeklong event.
"After seeing the tremendous week of activity at EAA AirVenture
2007, I believe we can use the term 'the best ever' in describing
this year's event," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "The number
of aviation innovations and introductions we saw at Oshkosh were
unprecedented, and there was a very positive feeling among pilots
and aviation enthusiasts.
"In addition, exhibitors throughout the grounds noted strong
interest and, in some cases, record sales," Poberezny added.
The numbers represent a 3.2 percent increase in attendance over
2006... and this is where that asterisk comes into play. During a
detailed review of prior years' attendance calculations, the EAA
says it discovered a segment of attendees that had been counted in
two categories. That led to a revised 2006 attendance figure of
"Among the reasons for this year's attendance increase were a
strong lineup of features and attractions, a large number of
significant announcements within the aviation community, and good
weather nearly every day of the event," Poberezny added.
The EAA also notes over 10,000 planes visited Wittman Field and
other airports in east-central Wisconsin, including 2,647
showplanes at OSH. More than 38,000 people camped out in Camp
So, what's ahead for 2008?
"We are already planning for EAA AirVenture 2008, and are
looking forward to another outstanding fly-in next year," Poberezny
(above) said. "EAA is also developing an overall site plan to
better serve EAA members, other visitors, exhibitors and others. We
expect to have further details over the next year and begin this
multi-year evolution following AirVenture 2008."