Nearby Airports Benefit from EAA Traffic - WBAY

Nearby Airports Benefit from EAA Traffic

Nearby Airports Benefit from EAA Traffic

Waupaca - Oshkosh isn't the only busy airport during EAA AirVenture. Smaller airports nearby are also benefiting from all the air traffic. Many are being used by pilots for training. 

What might seem like a spontaneous air show over Waupaca is actually a drill as 25 Cherokee planes gather at the Waupaca airport to practice formation flying.

The stunt is being done in preparation for a group fly-in Friday to EAA.

"Normally most pilots are taught you don't get close to another airplane. These guys have gone out and they've practiced and practiced and practiced so they're very comfortable flying close proximity to each other, and it's a great high," said Cherokee pilot Terry Hocking.  

The airport, which is about 40 miles northwest of Oshkosh, is a popular spot for pilots attending AirVenture. It's just one example of the type of business airports close to EAA are taking advantage of. 

Peter Andersen, manager of the Waupaca Airport, said, "This year I think it's going to be an outstanding year for us at EAA. I think that we'll be having more people staying here than we ever have before. And people have heard about us and people have come to see us and they've come to like this area."

For smaller airports near Oshkosh, EAA is the busiest time of the year. In Waupaca there's 10 times the air traffic as compared with a normal week.

Many say it's a way to perform stunts and participate in pictures on a more relaxed schedule.

Hocking said, "Being able to spread out with all these airplanes, having access to the hanger and everything and yes, as you can imagine there's a demand on the services down in Oshkosh. Up here, we've got the airport. Plus, we have the people of Waupaca and the people of Waupaca have opened up their arms to us and they're just absolutely wonderful."
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