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Oshkosh Sea Plane Base Questions

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Garth Evans
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#1 Posted: 1/18/2010 21:30:44

Hello All - New EAA member, new Oshkosh365 member, 1st post

I bought a M5 last year on floats and am planning to fly down to Oshkosh this year.  I've never been there before but am pretty excited about it.  I'm planning on Camping at the Sea Plane base and have a few questions.

- can I buy camping tickets and a spot for the plane or is it first come, first served?

- if first come, does the base fill up ever to the point that I may not get in when I arrive?  Was thinking of going down on the Tuesday and am not sure if I should go earlier to ensure a spot.

- I've read the arrival procedure provided by the Seaplane Pilots Association, just curious how busy it is flying in there say mid morning?

- Was thinking of leaving Saturday but was told the "big event" at the base is the watermelon social. If worth staying - is it really busy to fly out first thing Sunday a.m.?

Sorry for all the questions.

garth



Dennis Schwandt
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
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#2 Posted: 1/22/2010 08:52:01

Garth,

    In my experience, you can arrive at anytime with no hassle to the seaplane base and camping is always available with registration on site.  You can leave anytime you want and come back anytime you want.  It is a very laid back type of atmosphere, except at times when it is good weather and you have to wait for your bird to be brought up to the dock or maybe wait for fuel.  At times during the last 3 days of the convention the dock will get a little busy and you have to wait, but it's all the more fun to watch all the activity.  I can guarantee you can get a spot.   The watermelon social is always a blast along with the SPA Corn Roast, which I highly recommend attending, lots of giveaways,  Not a big deal to leave early am, just get your N# on the departure board first thing in the morning.

Blue Skies,

Denny Schwandt EAA363337, SPA29495

Piper J-3 on Baumann 1500s

Garth Evans
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#3 Posted: 1/22/2010 19:09:06
Dennis Schwandt wrote:

 

Garth,

    In my experience, you can arrive at anytime with no hassle to the seaplane base and camping is always available with registration on site.  You can leave anytime you want and come back anytime you want.  It is a very laid back type of atmosphere, except at times when it is good weather and you have to wait for your bird to be brought up to the dock or maybe wait for fuel.  At times during the last 3 days of the convention the dock will get a little busy and you have to wait, but it's all the more fun to watch all the activity.  I can guarantee you can get a spot.   The watermelon social is always a blast along with the SPA Corn Roast, which I highly recommend attending, lots of giveaways,  Not a big deal to leave early am, just get your N# on the departure board first thing in the morning.

Blue Skies,

Denny Schwandt EAA363337, SPA29495

Piper J-3 on Baumann 1500s
Thanks for the info. Denny - I appreciate it.  Right now, I'm thinking of going down Tuesday and coming back Sunday a.m.

 

 



Paul Seehafer
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#4 Posted: 1/27/2010 22:37:18

Hello Garth,

Welcome to seaplane ownership,and to the EAA seaplane community.  You are really going to enjoy it! 

Oh yeah, that M5 is an awesome seaplane. I'm already jealous...  

I see that Denny responded to your questions already and that's great as Denny is an experienced Osh SPB pilot, and therefore knows how things work from firsthand experience. 

In addition to what Denny told you, I can reassure you that if you fly a seaplane in to the EAA seaplane base we will always make sure you have a place to park your airplane, and have a place to camp.  We make that a priority at the base. 

We don't sell our tickets in advance, but we are open for business starting saturday prior to AirVentures official opening day.   

I would highly recommend you check out our website at www.oshkoshseaplanebase.com prior to flying in.  It has a lot of very good information for pilots that will be useful.  And if you'd like feel free to call me personally before you leave for OSH.  I will be happy to any questions you may have.  My cell is 715-581-4381. 

 

Paul Seehafer - Chairman

AirVenture Seaplane Base

paul@oshkoshseaplanebase.com

   



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Garth Evans
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#5 Posted: 1/29/2010 18:34:52

Thanks for the response Paul - I've got the seaplane base website marked, although I have not been able to get onto it for a few days.  Anyway, will keep my eye on it.  Looking forward to getting down there.  Thanks for giving me your #.

 

garth



Garth Evans
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#6 Posted: 2/20/2010 15:51:21

A few other questions,.....

- Does the sea plane base have a computer with Web access for for weather, customs, etc.?

- Are there electrical outlets available for charging cell phones, video camera's?

- I understand there is food available - is the prepared food like burgers, etc. or unprepared like bread, milk, etc.

Thanks.

garth