Three amazing weeks at Oshkosh

Chapter President Bill Ross recaps AirVenture 2023

August 7, 2023

Time to pay the rent! Legacy Aviation, who graciously provides our office space, needs our help unloading gear for their A&P school this week, August 7 to 11, 2023. These guys are on track for a September start up! Pretty neat, eh?

Do, please, be flexible as the exact date and time is, at this point unknown. Your gracious assistance will be highly valued by both the chapter and Legacy Aviation. If you would like to help, send Bill a note.


Hi Chapter 234 Members, Christian here with a targeted ad to members that have an airplane & fly them often. It has been quite a few years since I have flown consistently, the time has come to get myself out of the rusty pilot category & back in the air! I will be doing a BFR shortly & even considering going back to school to finish my CFII.

If anyone is doing some local flying and doesn't have a critical passenger for the right seat, I would be very interested in joining you! I am flexible to fly most of the time. I greatly appreciate your consideration! Please send me a message.

From the desk of EAA Chapter 234 President Bill Ross

We had three amazing weeks at OSH. It is quite the experience seeing Camp Scholler fill up from but a wee few campers to a city of 47,000 only then to become, yet again, a Wisconsin cheese field. The crowd was polite, considerate, happy, old and young and all airplane nuts.

The highlight, for me, was the Honor Flight. Our Jim Warren was picked up, along with two Medal of Honor recipients, at 0430 and returned at 6:45 on an American 321. Read more about Jim's Honor Flight. (Photo above.)

It was an honor and a privilege to welcome them home.

Chapter 234 member Jim Warren (second from left on ramp) returns from his Honor Flight

Gary Ralston and Brian McKillip returned from the fields of cheese with two stunning simulators. (No exaggeration!) Go see 'em, go try 'em, at our chapter office.

One of the simulators we now call ours. No joke!

Dick and Diane Hirtreiter and Jim staffed our Welcome Wagons and I enjoyed the quiet of the flight line after the show was finished and the crowd gone. These people, the EAA staffers, are more than a cut above. One young lady, Alex, had been on the staff for but two weeks—one of those in the Young Eagles pavilion—and she was on top of her game for the event.  

Chapter camping was a hoot and will get even better next year as it will; Jim and Gerri Sorbie, Kevin Shutler, Mike Padisak, Mike Stimac, John Coleman, and Joe Freiman were a splendid addition to the usual OSH fanatics.

Earlier in the month, at the TVC Open Ramp, we were happy and privileged to see Duane Kalember in his beautiful T-28 that Brad Barber cleaned and polished to perfection. BZ, Gentlemen.

Duane in his T-28
Brad shows off his cleaning and polishing work

Paul said it best: "I've learned more about people through my association with aviation then I ever did about airplanes."  I love this stuff and I love all of you for making this one great big goofy ride.

Lastly, checkout the food offering at OSH!



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