OSHKOSH - EAA's AirVenture is just about two weeks away.
And although many things, like the air shows, will be a fixture, others will be missing.
Organizers say it's been a challenging time planning this year's event.
That's because of an ongoing legal battle over who pays for federal air traffic controllers to be in the Wittman Airport tower.
That fight is now in the hands of a court, but fly-in organizers say the event will go on and the pieces are falling into place.
"We're 90 percent done but yet have 90 percent left to go," said EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski
Everything from merchandise to food, volunteers and campers have already started to arrive. Many of the display tents and buildings are taking shape and grounds crews are putting on the finishing touches.
"It's great, it's great. I just love meeting the people. The people that come to AirVenture, they love aviation, they love the aircraft, love being in the environment," said Logan Fassbinder of Oshkosh, as he spent the day setting up merchandise tents on the grounds.
But planning this year was more difficult given an ongoing legal battle the EAA is having with the Federal Aviation Administration over fees for air traffic controllers for the fly-in. The agency which declined to comment on the ongoing legal matter is charging the EAA roughly $500,000 to send controllers to the event.
"It's been very challenging in some ways because of the unknowns," said Knapinski.
Further complicating matters are sequestration cuts that mean some planes, exhibits and vendors won't be here as in years past, but Knapinski says the event will still be as strong as ever.
"It's one thing to have those challenges, but the most important thing right now is to have the show, have it ready to go"
Despite the challenges in preparing for this year's air show, Knapinski says there will still be plenty of new things visitors will never have seen before.
That includes Dusty Crophopper. Dusty is the star of a new Disney movie called "Planes." Disney is hosting a screening of the film just before its release in theaters next month. Knapinski says it shows the broad appeal AirVenture has.
"To have this the week before, a special screening for aviation enthusiasts is really, really something special."
As are the hopes of many for another high-flying week of aviation fun.
"We're going to have 500,000 of our closest friends here so we have to be ready to have the best show possible when we arrive."
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