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Enhance Your Oshkosh Experience: Volunteer!

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June 2012

As aviators, it seems we are perpetually seeking out new destinations. These achievements—so fastidiously recorded in our logbook—leave us with fond memories. For many of us, navigating to (and landing!) at the big show in Wisconsin figures prominently on our aviation bucket list.

For me, there are few memories as lucid as flying the Fisk Arrival and hearing, “Red and white Cherokee, land on the green dot and expedite it off of the runway!” I think that flying your Piper into EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh is something every pilot should do at least once.

AirVenture 2012 is the 35th year my wife Karen and I will travel to Oshkosh. It still seems like only yesterday on a hot July afternoon when we packed our limited amount of camping gear into a rented Grumman Cheetah to make the trip to a place in Wisconsin—a place we had no idea would become so much a part of our lives.

The years have passed all too quickly, and every Oshkosh has been a unique experience, as we have endeavored to try new things every year. We’ve explored all the options of camping (including sharing a motor home with friends), as well as booking hotels in Fond du Lac with the associated commute to Oshkosh each day. But nothing has enhanced our Oshkosh visits more than volunteering at AirVenture. The rewards are immeasurable.

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