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OSH365 Popularity Exceeds Expectations (and Infrastructure)

July 17, 2009 — On Thursday we invited our members to sign up for Oshkosh365, and it looks like just about all of them tried to get on at once! We’re delighted to see so much interest, but one of our database servers was unexpectedly overwhelmed by all the traffic, and the site was taken offline so we could work on the problem.

Our team is working on the site non-stop and look forward to having it back online soon. In the meantime, thanks for your interest and enthusiasm – we hope you’ll forgive the inconvenience and continue to bear with us.

Those users that have been previewing the site for the past few weeks, as well as a number of the new users that signed up yesterday afternoon, have been excited by what they’ve seen so far. The message forums, the personalized aviation weather and news and the EAA Sport Aviation digital edition and archives are clearly popular with those that have had the chance to explore them. Based on our users’ comments, we think they’re just as anxious to see the site back up and running as we are!

One of the benefits of signing up for Oshkosh365 is a free download of a recording from 1974 called “Fantastic Friday” that captures an infamously busy period of arrivals to that year’s fly-in. The traffic was so unexpectedly intense that it led directly to the development of the arrival procedures we use today. “Yesterday was our ‘Fantastic Thursday’,” said Hal Bryan, EAA online community manager. “We were thrilled to see people activating their Oshkosh365 accounts by the thousands … and now we’re busily overhauling our own ‘arrival procedures’ to guarantee that we’ve got room for everyone.”

We’ll see you at Oshkosh365 as soon as possible!

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