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.
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.