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#1 Posted: 1/16/2011 06:25:47

A request from a very excitable englishman!!

Flying over from the UK for my first visit to Oshkosh, just trying to find out more detailed information on the sea plane base.

Are there any restrictions for viewing and photography?

Are there restrictions on the time you can visit?

Is there a best day to visit?

Thanks for any advice or help given

 

Vin

 



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#2 Posted: 1/16/2011 08:26:47

An "excitable Englishman"?  I know someone else who could fit that description

 

Have you had a look on here - http://www.oshkoshseaplanebase.com/

 

I think the answers to your first two questions are both 'no'.  And for the third question, 'every day'.  Just remember to stock up on very large amounts of mosquito juice.  The week of AV is the mosquitoes week of paradise & gorging.....

 

It is an idyllic spot, inspite of that, and well worth visiting.  The Watermelon Social is great fun, and the food is delicious.

 

Of course, its all a bit frozen over right now....  Only a few months to go



#3 Posted: 1/16/2011 08:50:33

Cheers for the info - I will make sure I bring lots of mosquito repellent. Looking forward to the visit.

 



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#4 Posted: 1/16/2011 15:32:13
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#5 Posted: 1/17/2011 06:35:16

Vin,

having been to EAA for the past 5 years from the UK - the seaplane base is a totally different atmosphere to the rest of the show. Frequent shuttle buses run from the main show area (main bus station usually - not sure if they will pick up at Ultralights this year) It was $3 last year and you pay on the way back.

My only tip would be to do it early in the day before it gets too busy and hot.  Have also found that the early part of the week tends to have the most aircraft present. You can also do a boat trip around the moored aircraft which allows some good photographic opportunities.

 



#6 Posted: 1/17/2011 13:12:52

Thanks Paul, That's really helpful

I am staying in Appleton From the Sunday and was thinking of doing it Wed's morning on my way to the EAA, after  reading your reply i think i will stick to that. Thanks



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#7 Posted: 1/17/2011 14:20:00

Don't forget to sign in at the International Visitors tent...

http://airventure.org/attractions/international.html

 

And come to the International Visitors party too.   See you there!



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#8 Posted: 1/17/2011 16:35:25
Janet Davidson wrote:

 

...The Watermelon Social is great fun, and the food is delicious. ...

 ...Only a few months to go

Janet,

When and where is the watermelon social?  That page doesn't seem to work on the link.  Thanks.



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#9 Posted: 1/17/2011 21:18:45
Vin,
Janet did an excellent job answering your questions (thanks Janet). 
I am so happy to hear you are making your first visit to Oshkosh.  AirVenture is an incredible event.  I've been attending EAA conventions for over 40 years, and I get more excited about going every year.  Some quick advice if you didn't already know; Just make sure to plan your days well, as there is so much to see it's almost impossible to see everything you want without a good plan.  But then again, even if you only saw 10% of what AirVenture has to offer, you'll go back home with lifelong memories.  There's no place like it on the planet! 
And I'm really happy to hear that you are going to make time to visit EAA's AirVenture Seaplane Base.  It's a magical place.  Many affectionately refer to it as "Seaplane Mecca".  While certainly not the level of activity you will find at the airport, if the weather is nice you are likely to see seaplane activity.  However, if we have rough water or bad visibility, things can get pretty quiet.  But that's a great time to check out the seaplanes on their moorings on the pontoon boats.   
Look me up when you arrive at the Seaplane Base (the administration office can page me).  I'd be happy to give you a short tour.  I love showing fellow aviators & EAA members their Seaplane Base.         
Paul Seehafer,  Chairman - AirVenture Seaplane Base
 
Vincent Lane-Kieltyka wrote:

 

A request from a very excitable englishman!!

Flying over from the UK for my first visit to Oshkosh, just trying to find out more detailed information on the sea plane base.  (snip, snip)

 

Vin

 

 

 



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#10 Posted: 1/17/2011 21:31:58 Modified: 2/6/2011 09:53:55
Mike Edwards wrote:

 

 

Janet,

When and where is the watermelon social?  That page doesn't seem to work on the link.  Thanks.

 

  Mike,

I will let the Seaplane Base webmaster know that section of the site is inoperative.  Thanks for letting us know. 

The Watermelon Social is at the seaplane base on Saturday July 30th at 5:30 Pm. Oh yeah, it's a pulled pork dinner with all the fixin's including watermelon, and your choice of beverages.  You also get a nice glass commemorative mug as well.  Price tbd yet, but most likely just $15 per person.   As Janet said, it's a great time.  And it's our way of welcoming the rest of the aviation community to come out and hang with us at the SPB.  Fun for all.

 

Paul Seehafer, Chairman - AirVenture Seaplane Base

 



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#11 Posted: 1/18/2011 11:50:48

A fantastic amount of information. The sea plane base will definatley be a must on my priority list and I most certainly come over and say hello.

 

Thanks to everyone for their advice

 

Cheers

 

Vin



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#12 Posted: 1/18/2011 20:56:26 Modified: 1/18/2011 21:12:23

Hi Vin,

I flew down to Oshkosh / Sea Plane base from central Canada last year for the first time in my float plane.  The sea plane base was far more than i expected.  A great place to be, particularly if you have a love for sea planes.  I met Paul and he is a great guy.  As busy as he was, he made time to speak with me and share details about the base.  Thanks to him and his team for their hard work.  Before I went, I said I just needed to do this once.  Now that I've been, I'm planning to go back this year for sure.

 

garth

 

 



#13 Posted: 1/29/2011 07:29:08

Thanks everyone for all of your help.

 

I am now trying to fnalise tickets for me and the family for Oshkosh and was looking for some further advice.

 

If I have tickets for the Mon, Tue and Wed and I plan to go to the museum on the Sunday before can I:

 

1 - get into the sea plane base on the Sunday?

2 - will there be many sea planes there on the Sunday?

 

Trying to squeeze in as much as possible in the week!!!

 

Any advice will be greatfully received.

 

Cheers

 

Vin



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#14 Posted: 2/6/2011 09:30:11

Vin,

 

Sunday is not the best day to see seaplanes as many people leave to be back at work on Monday.  Saturday or earlier therefore would be much better.  So rearrange that schedule.  You don't want to miss the seaplane base!

Check out this video link to see more of the SPB;     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtB6db6i78U

 

Paul Seehafer

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#15 Posted: 2/6/2011 14:16:20 Modified: 2/6/2011 14:17:39
Paul Seehafer wrote:

 

Sunday is not the best day to see seaplanes as many people leave to be back at work on Monday. 

Paul, I think Vin was asking about the Sunday before the show opens, although I suspect your advice would be similar.