Airventure by the Numbers:
Has GA Established a Positive Rate of Climb?
He told me that on the first day of the show, Monday, July 27th, EAA got "slammed" with an overflow crowd. So many planes flew in, they had to scramble to open more camping areas near the North 40. So many cars were trying to park, they had to open up rarely-used lots so far away from the action, you'd need to catch Greyhound to get to Aeroshell Square. He told me online pre-sold tickets were up in the neighborhood of 20 percent, and vendors were reporting very good sales. All this, in a down economy when we flyers were supposed to stay home and piss/moan. Yeah, right, tell that to a bunch of pilots during the last week of July.
578,000 - people in attendance – An increase of 12 percent over 2008
10,000 - total aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin
2,652 - total showplanes (highest total since 2005), including 1,023 homebuilt aircraft, 1,007 vintage airplanes, 355 warbirds, 116 ultralights, 99 seaplanes, 36 aerobatic aircraft and 16 rotorcraft
750 - total number of commercial exhibitors
2,182 - international visitors registered from 75 nations, with Canada (700 visitors), South Africa (220), and Australia (208) the top three nations. (NOTE: This total includes only non-U.S. visitors who register at the International Visitors Tent, so the actual international contingent is undoubtedly larger.)
41,000 - total estimated campers (fly-in and drive-in camping areas)
907 - media representatives on-site, from five continents
“When times are tough, people make choices. Those with a passion for aviation made their choice this year … Oshkosh was the place they couldn’t miss in 2009. I've been chairman of AirVenture since the mid-1970s and I have to say we’ve never had a better lineup of airplanes, people and programs than we had this year. I’m pleased EAA invested nearly $4 million in site improvements over the past 11 months, allowing us to handle this year’s increased attendance. We’ve received extensive and positive feedback on those site improvements and enhancements. This year we highlighted emerging new aviation technology such as electric-powered aircraft. We will continue the emphasis on those innovations at Oshkosh in 2010. In addition, there are several significant aviation anniversaries next year, such as the 75th anniversary of the DC-3, and further developments in Virgin Galactic’s space tourism efforts.”