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Going Direct: The Week We All Weren’t At Oshkosh And What It Means To Aviation

It’s unusual for a huge community to collectively mourn life interrupted, but with EAA AirVenture 2020 canceled due to Covid-19, that’s precisely what we’re doing.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. Photo by Isabel Goyer

You’ve surely heard the biggest cliche of all when it comes to the cancellation of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, and if you’re like me, you’re probably used it too, though it fails to adequately represent the feeling.

That commonplace refrain is, of course, that even though we’ll be missing this year’s show, we’ll just have to make next year’s edition the best show yet. Yeah, yeah. I don’t want to hear it. I’m too sad about missing this year’s fly-in. It sucks that it’s not being held, and that is not to say that EAA shouldn’t have canceled it. The huge spikes in the virus that we’ve seen the last few weeks underscore the wisdom of the decision. Had they held the fly-in this year, I wouldn’t have gone.

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