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More than 25 skiplanes expected to fly in for free event at EAA’s Pioneer Airport

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 14, 2019) — One of the area’s most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the EAA Aviation Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.

In past years, more than 25 skiplanes have landed at Pioneer Airport each year to participate in the event, highlighting this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. This event is another outstanding way that EAA welcomes pilots and enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the spirit of aviation. The skiplane fly-in also comes less than two weeks after the 66th anniversary of the first EAA meeting on January 26, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The majority of skiplanes will arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) during the mid-morning of Feb. 9 and will stay until mid-afternoon. In case weather or snow conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport that day, other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and cookies served beginning at 10:30 a.m., as well as a slideshow highlighting previous EAA skiplane fly-in activities.

Again this year, one lucky child will be have the unique opportunity to take their Young Eagles flight in a skiplane. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 will be eligible to enter to win a free introductory flight in a skiplane (weather permitting) during the event as a part of EAA’s Young Eagle program.  This program has provided free introductory flights to youth for the past 25 years.

The skiplane fly-in is free of charge to the public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Shuttle services will also operate from Basler Flight Service for those landing at Wittman Regional Airport. Skiplane fly-in guests are welcome to stay and explore the EAA Aviation Museum after the event. Regular admission rates apply for anyone visiting the museum.

Skiplane pilots who wish to participate must receive approval and flight briefings from EAA prior to landing at Pioneer Airport. Contact EAA’s Miranda LaBrec at 920-426-6597 or mlabrec@eaa.org for more information.

About EAA Aviation Museum

The EAA Aviation Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA Aviation Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.eaa.org/museum.

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