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Van Nuys B-17 Stop to Host the First EAA ‘Aviation Experience 2011’

Includes Grassroots Pilot Tour, Young Eagles flights, Sully Sullenberger appearance

B-17 Tour

March 17, 2011 — EAA’s 2011 B-17 tour, which launches April 1-3 in Phoenix, Arizona, will also feature a new kind of aviation event at several other selected tour stops sites throughout the country. Aluminum Overcast’s visit to Southern California’s Van Nuys Airport April 15-17 marks EAA’s inaugural “Aviation Experience 2011,” an expanded offering of aviation activities centered on selected B-17 tour stops. Along with the B-17 appearance, flights, and ground tours will be Young Eagles flights and unique aircraft exhibits. The Van Nuys stop will also feature EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower’s Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation and a special appearance by EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Sully Sullenberger. 

Members and others are encouraged to bring the whole family, friends, fellow pilots, and non-pilots. Have a friend who’s always wanted to fly? Or a young person (ages 8-17) who’d like to take a Young Eagles flight in a GA airplane? Bring ’em along.

Two special drawings are also planned, one for a Sunday flight in Aluminum Overcast and the other an AirVenture VIP Package including two weekly wristbands and parking, VIP air show seating, one-day golf cart use, behind-the-scenes site tour, and two seats at the First Wing/Lifetime Dinner.

Free Young Eagles flights
If you’ve got kids in your family who want to fly, bring them to EAA Aviation Experience 2011 for a free Young Eagles flight, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unique aircraft exhibits
Aluminum Overcast isn’t the only warbird you’ll see on the ramp Saturday and Sunday. Other interesting aircraft may include P-51 Mustangs, T-6 trainers, a DC-2, or an F-7-F Tigercat, as well as a Learjet and assorted homebuilts.

Meet Captain Sullenberger
Stop by and meet heroic “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot and Young Eagles Co-Chairman Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on Saturday, April 16. From 6 to 7 p.m., Sully will sign his New York Times bestseller Highest Duty, which will be available for purchase.

Rod Hightower’s Grassroots Pilot Tour
Everyone is invited to join EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and local California EAA chapters for a fun, informative evening. A casual social hour starts at 6 p.m. with Rod’s Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation at 7 p.m. He’ll talk about today’s leading aviation issues and what EAA is doing to grow participation in aviation. Those planning to attend should RSVP here.

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