The weather is looking great, the grounds are filling up and aviation’s annual reunion is officially underway at AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh. As outlined by EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski in this podcast, there will be a lot of big iron on Boeing Square this week as the event recognizes the tactical airlift and air-to-air refueling arms of the military and National Guard, and the aircraft attending include a KC-135, KC-10, C-17 and a good representation of fighters and special-mission aircraft. Just for context, there is a de Havilland Mosquito and even a Pitcairn autogyro tucked in with the other olive drab. The daily airshow starts at 2 p.m. and the best performers in the business are here.
The business of aviation is also flocking to Oshkosh as always to put their products and services at the forefront. There are new aircraft and new technologies on display and ready to perform. Point-to-point multicopters are being billed as the next big thing in aviation and they’re here in force. A drone show will highlight the night airshow and there will be plenty of discussion about how the airspace will be shared with unmanned aerial vehicles. The acting administrator of the FAA, Dan Elwell, will be on hand to do the traditional Meet the Boss session and answer questions about the many initiatives and issues facing aviation in the U.S. Bring sunscreen and water and watch for the AVweb golf cart. If we have room, we’ll give you a ride.