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Old 06-06-2018, 02:27 PM
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I will be visiting AirVenture this year. Finally! I am excited about it.
I assume there will be several vendors displaying and also selling their products. Would that be a grab-and-go system or are the goods shipped later?
Bringing the goods myself to Europe would be be a good chance to save some bucks on transport and tax. If there are no shopping opportunities at the show, where you can take the goods with you, I would need to pre-order.
I am thinking about things like G3X parts, tools and small parts.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:33 PM
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I will be visiting AirVenture this year. Finally! I am excited about it.
I assume there will be several vendors displaying and also selling their products. Would that be a grab-and-go system or are the goods shipped later?
Bringing the goods myself to Europe would be be a good chance to save some bucks on transport and tax. If there are no shopping opportunities at the show, where you can take the goods with you, I would need to pre-order.
I am thinking about things like G3X parts, tools and small parts.
I haven't been to EAA Airventure, however I have been to Sun n Fun quite a few times. Most of the vendors there have parts on hand, granted large items or long lead items may not be available. Make sure to come with a large suitcase. With that in mind, please please please be aware of customs laws. Since you are headed back to Europe be aware that the items you bring MAY require duties, but will most definitely require a declaration. Obviously this is on you to research, but if duties are not imposed then its a fantastic way of saving a bundle on shipping.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:40 PM
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There are just a few vendors:
https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/fe...pping/exhibits
Larger vendors like Garmin do not generally bring stock, but you could likely pre-arrange to pick something up. Most of the tool vendors have everything, but go early in the week if you want something specific. Also, with places like Aircraft Spruce you can place an order to be picked up at OSH to make sure you get what you want.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:38 PM
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Interestingly enough, Wisconsin has no sales tax on aircraft parts since mid 2014. Being a Wisconsin resident, I was pleasantly surprised when I registered my newly minted RV7. I was expecting a large hit for overdue sales/use tax and paid none.

That being said, I'm not certain how vendors at Airventure handle this. And I'm certain it wouldn't apply to tools. And I believe, anything shipped would follow the vendor's usual policy anyway.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:43 PM
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"Big Ticket" items like the G3X typically are not on hand to take with you at AirVenture. Many Vendors like SteinAir and Aircraft Spruce can deliver product to users with advance notice.

Last year, I wanted to buy a Garmin G5 at AirVenture. SteinAir was able to make a phone call to have one of his guys that was coming to Oshkosh carry it with him. Unfortunately, the individual was already in route.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:47 PM
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Yes, order ahead.
Plan your visit. The better you plan, the more time you'll have. Know where vendors on your visit list are located. The grounds are huge. Take a big mesh backpack. Pack a Yeti water bottle full of ice and refill at the hangar with cold water.
Plan on crowds around the big name booths. Go early and beat them.
The Flea Market is a great place to pick up odds and ends really cheap.
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:06 PM
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There is an amazing amount of stuff available for cash and carry.
Also both UPS and FedEx set up two way sites for shipping and receiving. I?ve heard of guys ordering camping gear online and having it shipped to OSH where they use it and then ship it home to not have to pack it in the puddle jumper or carry it on an airliner.
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:09 PM
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Plan on crowds around the big name booths. Go early and beat them.
Or if like me you're not an early riser; the crowds aren't bad after the airshow starts either.
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:45 PM
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I will be visiting AirVenture this year. Finally! I am excited about it.
I assume there will be several vendors displaying and also selling their products. Would that be a grab-and-go system or are the goods shipped later?
Bringing the goods myself to Europe would be be a good chance to save some bucks on transport and tax. If there are no shopping opportunities at the show, where you can take the goods with you, I would need to pre-order.
I am thinking about things like G3X parts, tools and small parts.
Hey Joop!

Glad to hear you will be at OSH this year. Will your son be there with you?

Hope to have the RV-7A there and our other RV (a motorhome). We will have you over for dinner one night. Email me with your itinerary.

krea dot ellis at gmail dot com
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:27 PM
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Thanks all for the good suggestions.
@Krea, thanks for the invite. I am still working on the itinerary. I will mail you shortly.
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