EAA pilots bond through love of aviation

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 23:26:13-04

Many people come to EAA for the entertainment, but for pilots, it’s so much more.

It's a time where many can bond over their love of flying.

"There's nothing like 6 in the morning, hearing P-51's taking off, and jets take off,” said Tim Fitzpatrick.

Pilots have made it an annual tradition to come to Oshkosh. I’ve been coming here since 2007,” said Dale Ellis.

"It's my eleventh year here at air venture,” said Fitzpatrick.

It's also opportunity for some of them to fly an airplane they built on their own.

"Everyone here is an aviation nut. There are thousands of planes and more than half a million people,” said Ellis.

These annual trips have led to a lot of friendships too.

"I typically can’t walk from one end to the other without being stopped by two or three people not saying, 'hey dale, how are you doing,” said Ellis.

These friendships are made through the love of aviation.

"Everyone feels pretty connected, a lot of people with similar interest and passions so, it's fun to share your stories. It's always an adventure to come out here,” said Dave Edtl.