For two years in a row PilotEdge has been proud to present SimVenture which is similar to the flight procedures associated with EAA’s famous EAA® AirVenture® Oshkosh™ ¹ and allows pilots to fly into Oshkosh, with actual Oshkosh air traffic controllers, using a flight simulator.
Each year, over 10,000 aircraft flock to Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport for EAA’s AirVenture event. In order for Oshkosh’s airport to accommodate such an influx of air traffic throughout the week, EAA works closely with the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to publish specific VFR arrival and departure procedures which pilots are required to follow.
These specific VFR procedures are published in a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) and require pilots to conduct non-standard approaches and maneuvers into and out of the airport, while listening to fast-paced air traffic control and flying closer to other aircraft than most pilots have ever flown before.
PilotEdge’s SimVenture event is similar to EAA’s actual AirVenture event thus giving pilots an experience that is comparable to flying into and out of Oshkosh using the real NOTAM procedures.
The Mission Behind the Event
Real World Pilots
Due to the pandemic, even seasoned Oshkosh attendees haven’t been able to fly into the real AirVenture for at least two years. PilotEdge’s SimVenture provides a means for real pilots to practice their arrival ahead of time using their flight simulator, and become familiar with the NOTAM procedures in a practical setting. This builds confidence and familiarization which contributes to a safer real flight to AirVenture.
Flight Simulator Enthusiasts
Whether you have dreamed about flying into AirVenture for years, or you are just learning about it now for the first time, PilotEdge’s SimVenture event is one of the most realistic and exciting flights you have ever experienced with your flight simulator.
Actual Air Traffic Controllers Provided by NATCA
You may notice the air traffic controllers for PilotEdge’s SimVenture Oshkosh event sound very much like those who actually work the real AirVenture. That is because they are the actual controllers! PilotEdge works closely with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for these events. By having the actual air traffic controllers work PilotEdge’s SimVenture event, pilots are certain to have a true-to-life experience as they will hear the same fast paced ATC that has become so unique to Oshkosh.
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History of SimVenture
The first SimVenture was created by PilotEdge and hosted in July of 2020. While the initial concept was to get people excited to fly into AirVenture, the pandemic forced a pivot to more of a nostalgic approach to allow pilots to engage in an exciting aviation-related activity from the safety of their home flight simulators.
Throughout the course of the SimVenture 2020 event, there were over 1,000 arrivals into Oshkosh on the PilotEdge network.
Check out our SimVenture 2020 playlist on YouTube!