To purchase meal tickets, raffle tickets, t-shirts or pre-register for the fly-in, visit the left side of the home page under the 2014 Offerings and Pre-Registration Form links.
Plans are underway for the 2014 Independence Fly-In and Van's Homecoming, scheduled for August 15-17. Plan to come join us for a weekend of aviation camaraderie and fun.
Events of interest will include forums on photography, fiberglass, painting, safety and other topics of interest to pilots, a tour to Willamette Valley Vineyards on the art of wine making, tours to a local brewery, a car show, trips to the local quilt shops for the traveling companions,a Taxiway of Dreams, and a Ghost Walk of Historic Independence. We will also have raffles and silent auctions. Items for the raffle and silent auctions include a $500 gift certificate toward an empannage kit from Van's RV, gift certificates from Aircraft Spruce, a historic Seaford skiff (43 year old Massachusetts rowboat), folding bicycles, Lightspeed Zulu 2 headset, a flight to Minam Airport, wine and cheese baskets, and other special prizes.
There will be a factory tour of Van's Aircraft at 10:00 on Saturday the 16th.
Raffle tickets: All participants will receive one raffle ticket for registration. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased as follows: 10 for $5.00 or 30 for $10.00. Proceeds will benefit Youth Aviation Education Program Activities. Henry Bartle will coordinate raffle items. One ticket is free with pre-registration. All others may be purchased on-line or on-site. Please see registration page.
Meals available will be Friday BBQ Chicken Dinner and Saturday breakfast, hamburger lunch, and Prime Rib dinner. Friday night dinner will be $15.00, Saturday breakfast will be $5.00, Saturday lunch will be $5.00, Saturday Dinner will be $20.00. Dinners may be pre-purchased on the web. See the registration page. Breakfast and lunch may be purchased on site. There will be a no host bar available starting at 5:00 on Friday and Saturday nights with local wines and beers available. Breakfast will be 7:00-11:00, lunch will be 11:30-1:30, social hours will be 5:00-6:00, and dinners will be 6:00.
T-shirts are available for pre-purchase in short- and long-sleeve in your choice of colors. We are offering white, light blue, royal blue, and ash in short sleeve and white, royal blue and ash in long sleeve shirts this year. These are high quality pocket T shirts with the logo on the front and design on the back. They will be available for pickup at registration table when you arrive at the fly-in. These are available in sizes small to XXXXL.
It is summer and time for Fly-ins and air shows. I went to Arlington and it was a bit of a disappointment as there wasn’t much there. One high point for me was seeing my first electric airplane fly. As I predicted in an article I wrote for Kitplanes in 2010, “Within five years you will see an electric airplane land at an airport near you”. If all goes well we will have one land at 7S5 later this year. Stay tuned.
Plans for our fly-in are progressing – August 15-17. Be sure to register on www.EAA292.org. There are a lot of activities. This is not longer solely “Van’s Homecoming” so we need to claim it as the “Independence Fly-in”. Get your buddies to show up.