The 2014 Independence Fly-In and Van's Homecoming was a roaring success. There were more than 250 attendees from all over the United States and Canada.
There were more than 100 planes of countless varieties represented. We lost track of the types as so many planes were coming and going. The tarmac was completely full with planes parked everywhere and some parked in the airpark where the guests stayed as there was no room on the tarmac. There were rides given by a helicopter. There were meals for Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were tours to Van's Aircraft factory, Willamette Valley Vineyard, Rogue Ale Brewery, and a downtown Independence Historic Ghost Walk. There was also a chance for visitors to walk through the airpark looking at residential hangars to see projects and planes owned by local residents.
The best part of this wonderful weekend is who benefits from the weekend. We put this weekend on to raise money for our Youth Aviation Education Program. Guests had opportunities to bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets to support this program. So many were very generous that we will now be able to encourage more teens to explore aviation and promote additional opportunities for interested youth.
Thank you to all who came and supported the fly-in. We appreciate your attendance. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Another success for EAA 292!! We did one of the best Young Eagles Saturdays ever. We flew 61 kids. This was with 7 pilots and a large ground crew. We need more pilots. Please consider joining us next June and flying some Young Eagles. We are having a positive effect on introducing aviation to young people. I realize that flying these events costs $50-$100 in fuel, but this is tax deductable as a donation and is simply an investment in aviation’s future. Every time I do these flights a kid walks away with a big smile and I walk away feeling that I have done something positive.