After a weekend of rainy weather, on Monday 23 July the weather was terrific, the grounds are filling up and aviation’s annual reunion is officially underway at AirVenture 2018. EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski said there will be a lot of big iron on Boeing Square this week as the event recognises the tactical airlift and air-to-air refueling arms of the military and National Guard and the aircraft attending include a KC-135, KC-10, C-17, B1B bomber and a good representation of fighters and special-mission aircraft. Just for context, there is a de Havilland Mosquito and even a Pitcairn autogyro tucked in with the other olive drab.
The business of aviation has also arrived at Oshkosh to place their products and services at the forefront of the world stage. There are new aircraft and new technologies on display and ready to perform. Point-to-point multicopters are being billed as the next big thing in aviation and they are here. A drone show will highlight the night airshow and there will be plenty of discussion about how the airspace will be shared with unmanned aerial vehicles. The acting administrator of the FAA, Dan Elwell, will be on hand to do the traditional Meet the Boss session and answer questions about the many initiatives and issues facing aviation in the US.