The final countdown to the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is upon us and is only 19 days away! Whether you’re looking forward to the airshow performances, visiting your favorite exhibitors (like Garmin!), or catching up with old friends in the North 40, flight planning into and out of the show can be time consuming. Luckily, Garmin makes it easier with several flight planning tools!
Utilizing the Flight Plan tab on the flyGarmin website, pilots may enter their flight plan data using a PC or Mac and transfer it easily to their GPSMAP 695/696, aera 795/796, G3X, or G1000. Simply enter in your flight plan data into the departure, route, and destination fields and save it for future reference. Prior to your flight, save the flight plan to an SD card and transfer it to your Garmin GPS. Going one step further, flight plans that are saved on flyGarmin will automatically show up in Garmin Pilot under ‘Trip Planning!’ Sync your flyGarmin account to Garmin Pilot on your tablet by selecting ‘Home’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘flyGarmin’ and sign in using your flyGarmin username and password combination.
Planning to fly the FISK VFR Arrival into Oshkosh? Utilize Garmin Pilot to input all of the fixes on the FISK arrival well in advance! In the ‘Trip Planning’ page, simply enter all of the details and waypoints of your trip. Some of the Trip Planning data such as aircraft and pilot information may be auto-filled based on your flyGarmin account. It’s important to keep in mind that these GPS waypoints are for reference only and pilots should maintain VFR at all times during this arrival.
What about our GNS series? We have those covered, too! Using the Flight Plan Migrator Kit, pilots may transfer waypoints and flight plan information to any of our GNS 400W/500W avionics.
Don’t forget to thoroughly review the 32-page AirVenture NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) which outlines all of the procedures all aircraft must adhere to when flying into and out of Oshkosh and nearby airports. For quick reference in flight, you may even download the NOTAM to an SD card and display it on your aera 795/796 via the Document Viewer function!
Flying into and out of the busiest airport in the world during the week of the Oshkosh airshow requires careful planning on behalf of every pilot. With a little preparation and help from Garmin, your flight into Oshkosh (or any airport for that matter!) can be much easier!