Airplanista Adds Glen Towler as International Correspondent for #OSH164:20 PM
By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor
If you've ever been to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as many times as I have, and walked through Camp Scholler at night, you've heard singing coming from off in the distance. As you get closer, you find out it's a large contingent of South Africans who have flown far to be at the annual aviation family reunion we all lovingly call Oshkosh.
In fact, visitors to Oshkosh come from all over the world. Many thousands of them pay big money to take painfully long airliner flights, just to join in the late summer camaraderie at "the world's largest aviation celebration." It's not uncommon to be sharing a table while scarfing down yet another Brat sandwich with a family from Scotland, a guy who flew his RV-8A from Canada, or be walking the exhibit halls and hear attendees using dialects that are obviously not from the United States.
These international aviation lovers make up the fabric of Oshkosh, and add color to the already colorful attendees. It's a part of Oshkosh that Airplanista has always wanted to cover, but I've never had the bandwidth as the only pair of boots on the ground covering a show this gigantic.
That is changing this year.
For AirVenture 2016, Airplanista is stoked to be adding Glen Towler (@NZAircraftFan on Twitter ) from Tawa, New Zealand to our #OSH16 crew, to take a look at the international scene at the show. Glen's been a fixture at Camp Bacon for years, and his enthusiasm for aviation is evident. He's one of the nicest dudes you will meet at the show, and this year, he'll report on what is going on with his fellow international AirVenture attendees.
When you look at the trek Glen made last year to get from his home in Tawa to the shores of Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, USA, you start to see that it takes a great deal of dedication for many of these international attendees to join us Americans in Oshkosh.
In 2015, Glen took a 30-minute taxi ride to the Wellington Airport, and then spent 3.5 hours in the air before arriving in Sydney, Australia. After a few more hours of layover, he somehow managed to survive a 16-hour non-stop to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. From KDFW, he then continued on four more hours to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. to meet up with his long-time friends, David and Brandy Fill. After a few days of seeing D.C., he boarded the Fill's Piper Aztec and made a scenic flight over the Great Lakes to Appleton International Airport, a few miles north of Oshkosh. And, he then turned around after his stay at the show concluded and did the same thing back home via Dulles and KDFW before another 16-hour globe trot back to Sydney and eventually to Wellington and his home in Tawa.
So stay tuned to Airplanista starting Monday, July 25, when I will be sharing this space with Glen. I am sure you will find his musings about the international presence at the show entertaining, as it will add something fresh and interesting to our Oshkosh coverage. And it you see Glen over in Camp Bacon, tell him "nice post on Airplanista yesterday" and I'll bet he'll let you have some of his Tim Tams.