Photography by John Freedman and Ken Kula
“Only in Oshkosh” is a rather new Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) saying that describes the activities at the annual Oshkosh Fly-In and Convention. One of the more radical and diverse venues during the week-long event is the Fun Fly Zone. The EAA describes it as: “The Fun Fly Zone is home to ultralights, light planes, powered parachutes and trikes, hot-air balloons, homebuilt rotorcraft, and light-sport aircraft (LSA). The area is best known for its grass runway, where you can get up close to the many daily aircraft operations, including morning and evening ultralight flying, homebuilt rotorcraft flights, as well as Twilight Flight Fest several evenings per week.”
In 2022, the 40th Anniversary of FAR Part 103, which allowed and defined the above mentioned types and classes of aircraft was celebrated. Here are some photos from the Fun Fly Zone, just a small part of all of the activity that occurs there daily. Different categories of aircraft are allowed to take to the sky at different time “windows” throughout each day and evening.