AirVenture sets visitors record

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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EAA AirVenture 2018 saw record attendance numbers, with about 601,000 people coming to the Oshkosh event.

The 2018 attendance numbers were nearly 2 percent above last year’s.

“EAA members and aviation enthusiasts attended in large numbers, even without the presence of a military jet team as we had in 2017,” EAA President Jack Pelton said in a statement. “Our efforts to create unique attractions and aviation highlights across the grounds were incredibly successful. Attendance on opening day was the best in our history, as the vast majority of our guests came to Oshkosh early and stayed throughout the week.”

More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports across east central Wisconsin. There were 19,588 aircraft operations between July 20-30, which is an average of approximately 134 takeoffs/landings per hour.

“A ‘perfect’ event may be unattainable, but AirVenture 2018 came about as close as one could imagine,” Pelton said. “The combination of outstanding programs, aircraft variety, a robust economy and good weather combined to complement the efforts of our staff and 5,000 volunteers throughout the grounds. The week was upbeat, exciting and filled with many ‘Only at Oshkosh’ moments.”