EAA AirVenture Oshkosh operations closing for day at 5 p.m. Central Time
Potential for storms cause cancellation of evening activities
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (July 28, 2021) — The National Weather Service in Green Bay has informed EAA of a significant storm threat beginning at approximately 8 p.m. Central Time tonight (Wednesday, July 28). As a result, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be closing most operations for the day at 5 p.m. on July 28.
“Safety is always EAA’s top priority and given the best forecast information from the National Weather Service, we want to give everyone an opportunity to make decisions in advance,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Among the operations affected:
– The afternoon air show will end at 5 p.m. today.
– Transportation systems will continue to operate as long as weather conditions allow.
– Exhibit buildings, restaurants and other services will close at 5 p.m.
– There is no evening programming tonight, including Theater in the Woods and Fly-In Theater.
The airport will reopen for departures at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. or as long as practical.
Pilots who have aircraft remaining at Wittman Regional Airport are reminded to check their tiedowns so they are secure.
As of 3:30 p.m. Central Time, the National Weather Service predicts that the storm front should arrive between 8-10 p.m. and continue until after midnight. EAA will continue to monitor conditions and alert those camping on the grounds as to any additional details as necessary.
Because of the cancellation of evening activities on Wednesday, July 28, including the night air show, AirVenture wristbands will be honored for admission on Thursday, July 29. Those Wednesday wristbands will be exchanged for Thursday wristbands at all admission gates. The night air show has been rescheduled for Thursday evening, July 29.
It marks only the second cancellation of a night air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh since those performances began in 2010. The Wednesday night air show in 2018 was also postponed due to bad weather, with the performances rescheduled for the following evening.