Breaking Records and Getting in Touch at OshKosh
One of the reasons I make it a point of going to Oshkosh for the extraordinary annual fly-in is because I can see how our work affects the general aviation pilots who use our national airspace system every day.
During a question-and-answer session with Acting Administrator Dan Elwell on Thursday, we got questions about our policies on temporary flight restrictions as well as on our notices to airmen.
As I was talking to attendees, I also got a lot of questions about the upcoming rule about Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out), which will be mandatory in busy airspace beginning in January.
Meeting with these stakeholders at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture offered an important reminder that our airspace users are counting on us to make good decisions about safety, efficiency and accessibility.
It was also fantastic to see how our air traffic controllers, technicians and other ATO colleagues team up to land more than 10,000 aircraft at Oshkosh, a small city in Wisconsin. As of Thursday, we handled 10,684 aircraft, and Thursday also broke a daily record with 2,856 operations in a single day.
Our team had some challenges early on because of heavy rains and flooding, making parking on the grass impossible. Our team at Fond du Lac and other nearby airports handled extra traffic to enable visitors to get to the show. And as the ground dried out, we got back on track in Oshkosh. The rows and rows of aircraft lined up in the grass is a marvel to see!
I want to thank our 212 FAA co-workers who were on site at Oshkosh, including 86 air traffic controllers and 19 technicians who made this event such a success, as well as everyone who prepares for this event in advance. We also had teams who participated in exhibits about runway safety and ADS-B equipage.
Great job, everyone!