AirVenture Cup
Fueled by Volunteers!


The AirVenture Cup is only possible thanks to the efforts of a large army of dedicated volunteers. While the race may only last an hour for the fastest birds in the field, the AirVenture Cup is a 365-day-a-year volunteer effort!

Our goal is simple: to provide an event that is fun and safe while promoting the comeraderie and challenge of general aviation. If you’ve raced in the past and want to give something back, or you’re interested in the AVC but want to see what it’s all about before racing your own airplane, we encourage you to volunteer.

Get Invovled!
Volunteer in Wausau, WI | Oshkosh, WI

We’re always looking for a few more good people! Click on the button to the left, or check this page often for the most recent volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Young Eagles Pilots & Ground Staff

Are you a pilot and an EAA member who owns or has access to a 2-place or larger aircraft? Come out to Mitchell Airport on Saturday morning to help us fly the Young Eagles! It’s an incredibly rewarding experience for kids and pilots alike. Even if you can’t fly, we need ground staff to help the event run smoothly. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, but volunteers should report at 9:30 am for the briefing. For more information, contact us using the Contact Us Page.

History of the AirVenture Cup Race

The first AirVenture Cup was held in 1997 from aviation’s birthplace at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and featured ten homebuilt aircraft in three racing classes. Later years changed to a two-day format with a stopover in Dayton, Ohio, and then a single-day race of 400-500 miles across an annually selected course.

Today the AVC has expanded to 19 classes based on aircraft power and configuration, including several classes for certified aircraft. Participation has burgeoned as well, often exceeding 75 racers flying everything from stock J-3 Cubs to 350-mph Thunder Mustangs. Many well-known EAA members make the AVC an essential part of their annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh; for several it has become a family tradition with multiple husband-wife and father-son teams participating.