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    Changes for Ultralight fun fly zone area for 2020?

    I visited the Ultralight area on my motor bicycle, which I was allowed to park in the yard area on the Knapp St. side of the Red Barn. I saw someone had hand written on the signs there that this was the last year that parking here would be allowed. Then, back home, someone said he had heard that the ultralight field was to be relocated to some private land across Knapp St., possibly near where the helicopters stage.

    Anyone know of the details of the changes planned for the Ultralight area?

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    By private land, it means land the EAA bought I suspect, but yes, the ultralight runway is being moved across Knapp.
    I haven't heard what the plans for ground transportation (pedestrians and shuttles) between the existing flight line areas and the new area. Will this be a crossing or will some of Knapp street be closed down during the show?

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    Sounds like if you didn't like the long walk back from the evening Fun Fly Zone events, you are REALLY gonna be unhappy walking even farther. My first question would be "Why move the runway away from the vendor area?"
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    Yikes! That’s should make things interesting. Do you know if it’s just relocating the runway or is the whole area gonna be moved? The UL barn is always a good place to take. Never crowded and good viewing for the UL strip and Ray 36. Would hate to see the UL & LSA community lose it.
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    I hope the new runway is longer than the 900 ft currently, and with safer clear approaches.

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    Well, since the Goodyear Airship seems to be a thing of the past I say move the helicopter rides to the FunFly Zone and move the ultralights to Pioneer Airport. Seems like a reasonable swap and the north tram could worm it's way over to Pioneer to handle people.
    Last edited by Ronald Franck; 08-20-2019 at 08:30 PM.

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    Ronald, that is an excellent idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHICAGORANDY View Post
    Sounds like if you didn't like the long walk back from the evening Fun Fly Zone events, you are REALLY gonna be unhappy walking even farther. My first question would be "Why move the runway away from the vendor area?"
    I suspect the vendors are moving as well, but am not sure of that.

    This is all part of the "no plane left behind" policy. By next year, the EAA wants to not turn away any aircraft (or at least no any recreational vehicles). To do this there's been a lot of land wrangling all around the airport.

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    Moving to Pioneer is never gonna happen. Sounds good at first but if you moved the ULs to Pioneer that would pretty much curtail the daily activities due to its proximity to 27-9 and cuts the Pioneer site in half. There is a lot operational sense keeping located in the SW corner.
    Wrongway, don’t plan on the relocated UL area being outside of any fence. There are more than financial reasons to fence it.
    Due to the relatively low numbers of aircraft, wouldn’t be surprised to the overall area downsized too.
    On the up side, agree with Bill B there should be no excuse for not having a decent runway.
    Guess that this all fits into the next year it’s going to be bigger and better comments. Wonder how long this has been in the works....
    Well, if anything it’s gonna be interesting to see what develops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmutt View Post
    Wrongway, donít plan on the relocated UL area being outside of any fence. There are more than financial reasons to fence it.
    Unless I'm missing something, the original poster said they where moving the UL runway across Knapp street. That means to the west side of Knapp street. The airport fence or show ground fence, at the moment runs parallel to Knapp street and is on the east side of Knapp street. That means the UL runway would be located outside of the fence.

    If EAA moves the UL runway further away from the actual show, reinforces my belief that Airventure is becoming a playground just for people with deep pockets. Sad

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