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Rose Marie’s Schedule at Oshkosh!

Hey everybody!   I’d love to meet all of you if you are going to AirVenture this year.  I am giving a presentation on the History of Air Traffic Control and I will be doing 5 book signings during the event.  (My books will be available at the Wearhouse, SkyShoppe and the Museum!)  Please come by and visit.   If you scroll down you’ll see my daily blog about what’s going on this week – a complete blow by blow of the personal experiences of a senior citizen/ex-ATC Specialist/woman galloping through a week of insanity.

Monday, July 24th Location
4-5pm Wearhouse-Book Signing
5:15-6:15pm Sky Shoppe-Book Signing
Tuesday, July 25th Location
12:15pm-1:15pm Sky Shoppe-Book Signing
Thursday, July 27th Location
8:15-9:15am Sky Shoppe-Book Signing
Friday, July 28th Location
10am-11am Welcome Center Tent-Book Signing
Saturday, July 29th Location
10am-11am Museum-ATC History Presentation
11:30am-12:30pm Museum- Book Signing

Scroll down for a Day by Day Look at One Woman’s Oshkosh Experience – Modified Daily!


For more information about the EAA’s AirVenture Click Here! 

Saturday July 22 (Opening Day minus 2)

I am in the final stages of preparing to participate in the biggest, noisiest, busiest and most exciting aviation event in the world – the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture!

For one week during the dog days of summer over half a million people fly, drive, walk, or bus to the little town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin to join in this massive celebration of flight.   Over 100,000 aircraft will land on the single runway during the week, most of the time more than one at a time. Pilots and Vendors arrive from all over the world. Many pilots camp on the grounds under their aircraft wings.

There are small single engine homebuilt aircraft, big executive jets, modern military aircraft, helicopters and vintage warbirds both on static display and in the air. Hundreds of experts give presentations on everything from how to weld a wing strut or repair an old engine to what’s the latest greatest piece of aviation navigational equipment.

Though I’ve attended in the past on behalf of the FAA, this will be the first year I attend as an individual – and on Saturday the 29th I will be lecturing on the History of Air Traffic Control, including insights on today’s concerns about the future of ATC.

Tomorrow morning I will be flying out of Sandia Air Park east of Albuquerque with veteran CFII pilot Jon Daffer in his Piper Cherokee.   Though I’ve flown with a lot of friends in the past, this is the first time I will be flying in a small aircraft for 10 hours!   I am already trying to adjust to that notion.

So how do I prepare? Well, first of all I gotta keep the luggage to a minimum. Weight is a factor in small aircraft, especially when you are taking off from an airport with a field elevation of almost a mile high. This means you pack minimum clothing and extras for the trip – then when you get to your destination you can bop over to the store and pick up things like shampoo, snacks and drinks.  I am glad that I have kindle on my cell phone so I don’t have to pack my usual stack of reading materials.

The biggest factor is timing the flight for the best weather possible. For this flight we are not facing any major frontal activity, but there is enough ambient moisture throughout the country right now that scattered afternoon thunderstorms will be a factor. To get ahead of the game we are going to take off by 6am.

This means getting up by 5am…and driving 30 miles to the airport.

Those who know me will understand that this may well be the most challenging portion of the day. I am not an early riser and most times I need several cups of strong tea before I encounter such things as sunlight and highways.

What makes it more death defying is that I don’t dare drink ANY thing like tea or coffee that contains a diuretic.   Little planes don’t have bathrooms.

We plan to stop only twice Enroute, God help me.    Luckily, Jon will be doing all the flying and he is a morning person – I just have to get out there!

Because Oshkosh itself is a real madhouse, we plan to fly to Milwaukee then rent a car. During this event the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh rents out dorm rooms – at $70/night it is the cheapest accommodation in town. There is no air conditioning or maid service. You can bet we will be picking up fans at the same time we get the shampoo and drinks.   Being from the desert, we can take heat well, but dread the humidity.

So that’s the plan. Stay tuned for what actually happens!

Want WINGs Credit?  Come to Rose’s Presentations!

Rose Marie is now officially an FAA Safety Team (FAAst) representative. Most of the presentations about weather and air traffic control she gives are eligible for WINGs Credits.  Check out her PRESENTATIONS tab for more details.

Now Available at many bookstores and online!

Air to Ground

a2g-book-cover-v7A Guide to the World of Air Traffic Control

 The FAA for the most part is a faceless entity dictating orders which pilots must follow to keep our nation’s skies safe. For over eleven years Rose has written monthly articles for many national and regional pilot magazines which provide easy understanding as to how the Air Traffic system works, and gives insights into the people and facilities pilots talk to every day.

Rose’s new book, Air to Ground compiles the information from those articles useful to both student pilots and aviators who have long enjoyed soaring along highways in the sky. She shares both practical and humorous insights as well as glimpses into the bigger picture of Air Traffic Control.

For more information click Here.