The high fuel prices have flight enthusiasts looking to cut costs on their way to the big air show in east central Wisconsin.
The best way to do that is to car pool — or plane pool. Dick Knapinski with the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture says there's a big boost in the number of people seeking to share a ride to Oshkosh — more than three times as many as last year.
"The Ride Share is something that we've had for a number of years, but this year, whether it's due to fuel prices or we've made it more visible or whatever it is, people are looking to economize."
Knapinski says whether you want to share an empty seat or solicit a ride to save some cash, the Ride Share program can help. Just go to their website at AirVenture.org to let others know whether you're offering or seeking empty seats in the mode of transportation of your choice. Knapinski says in addition to saving money, some pilots and spectators simply enjoy the company.
"Here's a chance for people who may not have their own airplane to hop aboard a flight or even in a motor-home or a vehicle to come to Oshkosh; and those who may have an extra seat and want to share it with a fellow aviation enthusiast can do so and split the expenses of coming up to AirVenture."
Many pilots won't profit from passengers, they'll simply split the expenses. During the week of July 28 – August 3 Wittman Regional Airport becomes one of the busiest airports in the world.