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Old 11-20-2018, 02:53 PM
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I had a great experience at Dodge County as well although it was several years ago. I just stopped to wait out the air show then joined the Congo line.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:21 PM
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Might be good if the KOSH Notam included a list of alternates.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:39 PM
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Default KJVL

Three times I've used Southern Wisconsin Regional (KJVL) as my final stop before venturing onto KOSH. It's a great place to stop for fuel, wait out weather, or wait for the airshow to end. 85NM (35ish minutes) south of Oshkosh.

This year, my alternator decided to fail immediately after departure from KJVL, and rather than chance holding/delays at KOSH with only a main and standby battery, I elected to return to Janesville.

The kind folks at Janesville Jet Center were SUPER helpful. They let me keep my airplane in their hangar overnight free of charge and even let me use their crew car for the evening. Thanks to them, I was able to drive around and track down a suitable automotive equivalent, grab some dinner, and head into town for a good nights rest before heading back to the airport the next morning to swap out alternators.

I highly recommend KJVL and Janesville Jet Center.
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Old 11-20-2018, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Champ View Post
Might be good if the KOSH Notam included a list of alternates.
I may have mentioned it in another thread, but the FAA doesn't want to include a list of alternates in the NOTAM because they don't have a real time picture as to what is going on at the various outlying airports.

I think this thread will be a great resource for us. Make a list of the ones that might work for you and take them with you or have them plugged in your EFIS flight plan as the next waypoint AFTER KOSH. Then, if you don't make it to OSH you can quickly jump ahead in the flight plan and it will be there. You could actually put the whole list there.

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Old 11-21-2018, 05:50 AM
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Default Alternative airport

Brennand 79C located 10 miles north of Oshkosh, fuel, transportation,
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by sheepdog View Post
Brennand 79C located 10 miles north of Oshkosh, fuel, transportation,
Camp with your aircraft.
Privately owned
I spoke with the owner of Brennand while at Oshkosh. Nice guy who really sees his little airport as a work in progress, a diamond in the rough. It is fully his intention to make Brennand into the nice quiet place to camp, with a shuttle bus to OSH running daily. I applauded him for his efforts and took his business card as I can see this as a great (and less expensive) alternative to camping at OSH.

As for another airport to the north of KOSH, Delta County - Escanaba (KESC) has terrific runways, fuel, and limited tiedown spots. It has a pilot's lounge with internet, a fridge and a microwave, table, chairs and a sofa. It has little else, so is a good stop for fuel and a rest before moving on to OSH. Definitely not a place to expect to camp under your wing overnight as the airport has scheduled airline service, thus all the security "stuff" that goes along with that service.

Schoolcraft County (KISQ) might be a better bet for low-key and potential over-night stops. It's just up the road from Mannistique where hotels are available. I would call beforehand, just to be sure somebody is there.

Any other good recommendations for alternates for those of us coming in from the North-East (Sault St Marie direction)?
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:46 PM
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Default Fond du Lac KFLD

In 2017, I was three minutes short of Ripon when ATC closed the approach for the night. I diverted to Fond du Lac KFLD. Lots of planes there, camping next to your plane, shower trailers, breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the modern terminal building, and regular shuttle bus service to AirVenture. The overnight was cheap, compared to KOSH, but the bus made up for it.

I?d rather be on site, but it was good enough that I stayed there instead of relocating to KOSH. It was pretty quiet and the field stayed open for arrivals and departures, unlike KOSH.

By the way, the new restaurant at Janesville KJVL is open. I thought the food was good.
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:48 PM
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KUNU - Dodge County gets my vote. When we couldn't get into OSH on Sunday this year the FBO treated all us refuges like kings.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:26 PM
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Dodge County (KUNU) has been my go to for the last several years. I started going there a few years ago in my Sonex to refuel so I didn't have to get fuel in Oshkosh. Very nice FBO and very accommodating.

With my 14 I can carry enough to get up and back without refueling. I was about to go there this year after several hours around Greenlake but the Sunday arrival opened up enough for me to get through so I didn't have to divert.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by RV6_flyer View Post
AirVenture 2018 was the first time I diverted to another airport. Dodge County (KUNU) had, if not the best, one of the best FBOs that I have been to in the last 21-years.

There were LOTS of aircraft on the ramp at UNU. I tied the aircraft down in the grass using the tie down supplies I had for OSH.

They had a shuttle BUT do to lack of staff suggested UBER. The UBER driver was an off duty FBO employee and since there were so many of us, he was allowed to use the FBO Shuttle Van to take us (several airplane worth) to our Oshkosh rooms. I forget what it cost but next day trip back to the airplane was included in the price. Everyone chipped in (IIRC) $5 tip the next day for the return trip to the FBO.
We landed at KUNU one year as we missed the airshow closure time on a Wednesday. We planned to stay the night as they showed us were we could camp in the grass right behind N99PZ. As we are setting up I got a phone call. My friend, in KOSH, told me the airshow was canceled due to weather and the airport was open. The storm had passed, we packed up and headed to KOSH.

Twas a short flight and we were the only ones at Rippon and Fisk. Landed 36 and taxied all the way to HBC with no flaggers. We got to HBC and Jeff Point asked why we were here. "They opened the airport" was my reply. Jeff had no people on call as they were all at dinner for the airshow.

It was my absolute best arrival at KOSH.

To end the post, the folks at KUNU were absolutely the best.
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