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Winter Flight Fest

February 22, 2020 – Featuring Skiplane Fly-in and Family Flight Fest

EAA Winter Flight Fest

Explore your inner aviator during EAA Winter Flight Fest! This day-long event is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and discover the exciting world of aviation at the EAA Aviation Museum.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the kids and kids at heart can enjoy a variety of fun, hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and special events that will educate and spark a curiosity for flight.

Concessions will be available for purchase between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Here are just a few of the activities taking place in the museum:

Virtual Flight Fest — Experience the freedom of flight and soar through the sky with virtual reality experiences.

Precision Landing Challenge — Guide your zip line airplane to a safe landing on an aircraft carrier deck.

“Houston, We May Have an Omelet” — Build your very own capsule. After you are finished with construction, you will have a chance to parachute an egg safely to the ground to see if it will successfully land without breaking a raw egg.

Wright Flyer Simulator — Take yourself back in time and experience what the first successful powered flight was like!

Paper Airplane Launch — Build your own specially designed paper airplane and launch it through various targets.

Demonstrations — Check out radio-controlled (RC) airplane and model making as well as flight and RC air show from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt — Cruise around the museum to locate flight stamps for your scavenger hunt.

KidVenture Gallery — Enjoy hands-on activities and exhibits.

Skiplane Fly-in — Watch as seasoned pilots land their skiplanes at the Pioneer Airport, highlighting a unique and popular segment of aviation. This is included with admission and a shuttle from the museum to the airport will be available for guests. (Weather permitting.)

New! EAA’s Winter Flight Fest Model Building Contest
This new aviation-themed model contest will feature models built by youths and adults alike. There will be three age brackets including youth ages 1-12, 13-18, and adults 19 and up. The award winning models will receive a plaque.
All model submissions will be built off-site, prior to EAA’s Winter Flight Fest, and at the contestant’s own expense.

Judging Categories:
Best Build
Most Accurate
Most Complex

Contestants must have their entries in the museum’s Air Racing Gallery by 1 p.m. Judging starts at 2 p.m., and winners will be announced immediately following judging.

NOTE: Contestants will be required to sign a photo release form to participate in the contest.

All Winter Flight Fest activities are included with regular admission unless noted (adults, $12.50; seniors age 62+, $10.50; youth age 6-18, $9.50; children age 5 and under, free; family rate of two adults plus children, $31). EAA members can attend free.

For more information, please call Ron Connolly, EAA’s museum director, at 920-426-4815.

Pilots, are you planning on flying in?

Shuttle services will be provided from Basler Flight Service to the EAA Aviation Museum for non-skiplane pilots flying into and landing at Wittman Regional Airport.

Would you like to land your skiplane at Pioneer Airport for the event? Pilots must obtain permission and air operations instructions by filling out the form below.

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