2017 Air Venture - IAC Exhibition

EAA AirVenture - July 24th - 30th, 2017 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin USA

Come Celebrate!

The Christen Eagle II was introduced to the aviation world at EAA Oshkosh 1977. At AirVenture 2017, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this stellar, award-winning aerobatic biplane. Frank Christensen, president of Christen Industries, set the gold standard for kit-built aircraft with his series of kits and builder manuals. A single-seat version was also built by Christen for the famous Eagles Aerobatic Team which flew at Oshkosh for 25 years.

The International Aerobatic Club will feature the history and the development of the Eagle in its pavilion on the AirVenture grounds. Six exhibit panels will tell the story of this iconic aerobatic and sport aircraft and the pilots who flew it. A forum on the Eagle will be held at the IAC pavilion on Tuesday, July 25th, from 8:30 to 9:45 am. Speakers will be Mark Ciaglia and Lynn Ojala, owners and pilots of Eagle aircraft. Both will bring their Eagles to AirVenture this year with Lynn’s being located at the Aviat exhibit. Aviat currently owns the rights to the Christen Eagle II.
IAC is proud to announce that Frank Christensen has agreed to attend AirVenture and will be on site at the end of the week and a guest at IAC’s gathering of members in the Nature Center on Friday, July 28th, at 6:00 pm. A brilliant designer who defines the words “quality” and “perfection”, Frank’s company, Christen Industries, offered a host of products to the aerobatic world in its time. This will be an opportunity to Eagle owners and pilots to meet the man who made it all possible.
Walter Extra, chief designer and founder of the EXTRA Aircraft company in Germany, will attend EAA AirVenture this year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin as the guest of IAC. Walter is coming to Oshkosh as a part of the gathering of EXTRA owners and pilots which is part of IAC’s activities this year at aviation’s largest event.
The EXTRA 230 was first introduced to the international aerobatic community at the World Aerobatic Championships in Bekescaba, Hungary in 1984 and was flown at that competition by Walter Extra and Eric Mueller of Switzerland. Subsequent models of the EXTRA series of aerobatic aircraft have been introduced in the years since and the EXTRA 330SC has proven to be one of the most successful competition airplanes of all time and is now flown by pilots on the USA, French, and Russian teams.
Walter will attend AirVenture as a part of EXTRA’s sponsorship of IAC’s exhibit and activities there. A forum is planned for the event which will feature Walter as a guest speaker and EXTRA aircraft will be prominently displayed in front of the IAC Pavilion on the AirVenture grounds.

Dates and Time

EAA AirVenture will run on the following dates:

Monday, July 24 through Sunday, 30 July 2017

The IAC Pavilion at AirVenture will operate as follows:

Every day from 0800 to 1900 Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Arrival by Aircraft

The NOTAM which describes AirVenture arrival and departure procedures is available for download as follows and is linked at the bottom of this article as well:


IAC members arriving in their aircraft will be directed by EAA Parking personnel to the "IAC" parking area, which includes the Eagles arriving for the 40th Anniversary and the EXTRAs arriving for a gathering. IAC Parking is directly across from the IAC Pavilion with the Eagles and EXTRAs parking segregated from the rest and along the road which runs north-south in front of the IAC Pavilion.

Pre-Registration for Extras:  Click HERE

Pre-Registration for Eagles: Click HERE

The NOTAM describes the sign that pilots should bring in their airplanes with “IAC” printed in bold letters. This sign will be shown to EAA Parking personnel so they can direct you to the IAC parking area. It is a simple and efficient system for printing and carriage in your aircraft. Pdf of a sample sign is attached at the bottom of this page for printing.

IAC Forums and Seminars

A full range of seminars and forums will also be held during the course of the week. Seminars will take place at the IAC Vicki Cruse Memorial Pavilion from Tuesday, July 25 through Friday, July 28 starting each morning at 8:30am.  A full schedule can be found HERE.

IAC Gathering – EAA Nature Center

IAC will host its annual “IAC Gathering” in the EAA Nature Center, adjacent to the AirVenture convention grounds. Date and time are as follows:

                                  Friday, July 28th -- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Food, beverages, camaraderie, fellowship, and conversation are on the agenda. IAC members, sponsors, Eagle, and EXTRA owners and pilots are invited.

The Nature Center is located east of the Museum and Pioneer Airpark as shown in the diagram and is accessed from Waukau Avenue.

IAC Aircraft – Bring Your Own Tie-Downs

All aircraft must be tied down and EAA Parking advises us that the best solution is to bring your own tiedowns. Tiedowns are available commercially at the AirVenture site and loaners are also available from EAA, but these sources cannot be counted on if arrivals are “after hours” or supplies run low. Please plan to bring your own equipment. EAA has the “Claw” tie-down device on sale and comes

highly recommended.


After Arriving

After being directed to the IAC Parking area by EAA Parking personnel (showing them your “IAC” sign will assist them), pilots should proceed to the IAC Pavilion to check in with IAC personnel, let us know you have arrived, and to sign our Guest Book.

All aircraft should be registered with EAA Aircraft Registration as well and directions will be provided at the IAC Pavilion if you are not familiar.


IAC PARKING PLAN (IAC Pavilion indicated by arrow)