EAA Airventure closes out 2018 convention

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 14:27:18-04

EAA Airventure has taken off, flown away until next summer. 

Sunday was the last chance for people to check out the convention, watching planes of all shapes and sizes take flight in Oshkosh.

"It's Disneyworld on steroids with airplanes," said attendee Jeff Dobrunz.  "Beautiful planes, wisconsin weather, get a chance to meet people from all over the world, a world class event in Oshkosh Wisconsin."

During EAA Airventure, Oshkosh hosts the world's busiest control tower. It was even a little busier this week, taking 18,000 operations, getting them off the ground. That is EAA Airventure record.

"I rate it as a tremendous week, actually a perfect week, due to the planning by my team who i cannot thank enough,” said Jack Porter, EAA CEO.  

Porter says 10,000 planes flew in including about 3000 show plane and 1000 vintage aircraft, overcoming some weather issues along the way. 

"You got a night show on Wednesday, all the logistics, all the flying, all the pyrotechnics, and it gets rained out and the team at EAA says, no problem we're just going to do it on Thursday. I don't think there's many places that could say, we'll do it the next night. That's really a testament to everybody that was involved," said Porter.  

The next convention may be 12 months away, but people already can't wait for it to take off. 

EAA leaders say next year, the convention will celebrate 50 years of holding the event in Oshkosh. 

In addition to that celebration, leaders say they plan to improve camping accommodations and tear down an old pavilion, to give those vendors a better space.