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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WOW!! I have heard this exclamation repeatedly about our fly-in. Many people contributed, the food was good, we made money, and everybody had a good time. Can’t ask for much more than that.
We will be having a debriefing meeting in the next couple of weeks and begin to plan for next year. Not much to change, but your ideas and comments are welcome. Send them to Marcia Noell or to me.
Chuck West has organized an Instrument Ground School for this fall. Mary Schu will be teaching it. It is fully booked. If you want a course in something, whether relating to piloting skills, safety or technical, please talk to me. But, be prepared for me to ask you to help organize it. I am happy to help you make it happen.
During the winter we will sponsoring CERT training. This is part of the effort to work with the local emergency organizations in case there is ever an aircraft accident either at 7S5 or off-field. I do need someone to help me spearhead this effort.