Known Airspeed/Acro Camp Sightings/Events for AirVenture Oshkosh 2012

Oshkosh for FOD and me is usually mostly unplanned and organic.  That’s still the case.  But we’re planning on a few touch points during our stay Wednesday 25 July through Saturday 28 July.

Wednesday 25 July (or almost any other evening after other stuff is done) Evening – Firebase Airspeed Informal Get-Togethers

I’m arriving Wednesday by car and will tweet or otherwise broadcast the lat/long of Firebase Airspeed, my campsite in Scholler shortly after arrival. Unlike in past years, I’ll probably be a little more remote with more room for FOD to build a fire and destroy things, as 10-year-olds are wont to do. I’ll bring my usual assortment of musical instruments (guitars, pipes, whistles, etc.) and any who are moved to sing, speak, or perform interpretive dances will be given due attention. Frankly, this stuff will likely go on every evening to some extent, but Wednesday seems to be the least conflicted. Please wander by if you’re in the neighborhood. Very informal. No reservations or necktie required. Watch for lat/long in my Twitter feed (@StephenForce).

Thursday 26 July 6:00 to 8:00 pm – UCAP Tiedown Party

The Uncontrolled Airspace podcast will hold its annual beer bust at the “Super-8 Gate” (43.993717,-88.574626) near the northwest corner of the field. BYO or drink what’s there. I plan to be prancing about with that dreaded round bottle of rocket fuel as well. This is the first year that the UCAP beer thing and the Sennheiser/ myTransponder Podapalooza/social media thing have been deconflicted, so we have the opportunity to hang with Jack, Jeb, and Dave. Please show up and show Jack Hodgson , Jeb Burnside , and Dave Higdon the love. I’ll be there doing the same.

Friday 27 July 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – IAC Presentation

David Allen and I will be presenting at the IAC Pavilion on the grounds. The topic is “Shooting Aerobatic Video.” There will also be updates on post-production, etc. The IAC Pavilion is a few hundred feet back from the crowd line at show center. Lots of people have already RSVP’ed and I’m sure that they’d welcome the opportunity to meet you.

Friday 27 July 6:00 pm to ??? – Podapalooza

myTransponder and Sennheiser USA will be hosting Podapalooza at the Sennheiser tent. New-media and social-media personalities will abound. More prancing and more dreaded round bottle, too. Come by and meet your favorite new- and social-media personalities.


About Steve Tupper

Stephen Force is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, ASES, AMEL, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel Steve Tupper. Steve writes, records, and brings you the inside story about everything that really matters in aviation. He's flown with the USAF Thunderbirds, he's and airshow performer and air boss, and he's one of only five pilots ever to earn a FAST card in the glider category. Follow Steve's ongoing quest to do all that is cool in aviation at or on Twitter as @StephenForce.


  1. Steve Betzler says:

    great article on your formation flying education.
    Do you know where I can find a FAST ground school?
    I’m also interested in any midwest flight schools that would have formation flying instruction?

    Delafield, Wisconsin
    CAF – Wisconsin Wing

  2. You can get information from FAST directly at There’s a list of check airmen at in particular.

    I’ve never come across a school that actually teaches formation. It’s a fairly demanding thing and it’s a little different depending on the type of aircraft you’re going to fly. Case in point: The Tuskegee team is having to write its own manual, starting with the T-6 and Yak manuals, because the gliders are pretty different from anything for which a FAST program has ever been done before.

    The bottom line is that you’ll probably have to ingratiate yourself to a FAST check airman and get him or her to help hook you up. Don’t count on having a lot of early success. Unless you have some fairly serious guys already very competent with their stick and rudder skills and at least two or three same-type aircraft that you intend to fly in demos, it’ll be hard to get taken seriously. Most guys get involved once they get a T-6, Yak, or L-39 and begin hanging out in those warbird communities. The Tuskegee team is a little nonstandard and nobody knows yet what to make of us. People have been very gracious, but I think they’re kind of waiting to see if we really have the skills. A reasonable approach on their parts, actually.


    • Steve Betzler says:

      Thanks Steve.
      Good stuff.

      see you at OSH. Tiger Moth/Chipmunk Forum – Thursday AM 8:30 pavillion 11
      We provide on site van service via Vintage Aircraft Association/EAA: Tony’s Red Carpet Express
      call 414 520 2537

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