Officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association are busy planning the 2021 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, set for July 26-Aug. 1. Top of their minds, of course, is planning for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the 2020 show.
“We will be hosting AirVenture 2021, but there will be areas that will look different and areas where we’ll incorporate technology to limit touchpoints as we work with local and state health officials to establish and maintain the best possible standards for public events,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and Chairman. “Some areas may look different at Oshkosh this year, but the feeling will be the same as we gather to celebrate the world of flight.”
As the situation evolves, EAA officials say they will keep those interested in 2021 AirVenture up to date on the organization’s website.
“An important phrase to remember is ‘At this time…’,” officials noted. “As the return to events begins throughout the country, plans will change in conjunction with the current state of the pandemic.”
Some of the initial decisions made for this year’s event, some of which will evolve and change as the event nears, include:
Masks will be strongly recommended if you are unable to social distance (roughly 6 feet or 2 meters). Proof of COVID vaccine will not be required to attend. International visitation is dependent on current international travel regulations and mandates in the U.S. and individual countries of residence. Increased physical distancing will be encouraged in all areas. EAA is adding significant numbers of sanitizing facilities and working with industry-leading companies for continual disinfection throughout the grounds. Theater in the Woods, forums pavilions, and other outdoor venues will operate with reduced seating capacity, with social distancing opportunities on the open grounds at that location. There will be fewer exhibitors in each indoor exhibit building, creating more walkways and separation between exhibitors. Additional venues on the grounds are being re-purposed to accommodate indoor exhibitors that are moved this year. Wherever possible, ventilation will be increased in tents and indoor facilities. Several annual events where physical distancing is
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