We arrived in Oshkosh yesterday evening at 7pm local time to a great welcome from the South African contingent. Thanks Rob McFie. Flying in was a real experience – ATC does the talking and, due to congestion, aircraft are not allowed to answer. That means that there is no use of call signs, just visual aircraft identification. It goes something like this – “RV…no, low wing yellow aircraft mile south of FISK, rock your wings…nice rock…turn 90 west now for runway 36…Cessna behind, orbit right and give 1 mile spacing…blue Lancair behind rock your wings…yeah…and then use FISK railway routing…yellow aircraft change tower frequency 118.9, g’day…etc”. And everyone just flies. They land two aircraft a minute, mostly pretty mediocre pilots, non-stop, except during the airshow times, pretty much for 7 consecutive days!
At last now we’ll (hopefully) get a quiet moment to sit and catch up on thoughts and write some responses to the incredible messages we’ve been getting. Right now we’ve got to head off to the show though, so you’ll have to be satisfied with some shots to capture what we’ve been up to for the last few days.