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EAA Skiplane Fly-in 2015: A Huge Success!

From EAA Volunteer Newsletter, February 2015 Issue

By Katie Meyer, EAA 1133651, HR Business Partner and Jim Casper, EAA 56712, Pioneer Airport Manager

  • Skiplane Fly-In
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    Twenty-seven airplanes flew into the 2015 EAA Skiplane Fly-In February 7.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    An Aeronca 7CCM comes in to land at Pioneer.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    Charles Slinger’s Sport Trainer on final approach.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    A Cub Crafters PA18-150 opted for tundra tires instead of skis.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    Mark Unertl primes for takeoff in his Aeronca Champ.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    Soup's on: Several hundred attendees enjoyed hot chili in the warm indoors of Pioneer Hangar.
  • 2015 Skiplane Fly-In
    An engine blanket worthy of its airplane.

February - EAA’s skiplane fly-in at Pioneer Airport on February 7 was a huge success, thanks to the pilots, volunteers, and community. This free event welcomes guests to enjoy this unique facet of flight by watching skiplanes. There’s also free chili and cake for all who attend. This year brought a huge turnout, with 27 skiplanes (plus one on tundra tires), and an estimated 1,000 community guests who consumed over 250 pounds of chili and soup!

A big salute goes to the 14 volunteers worked together to put in a combined 90 hours on the day of the event. The majority of the volunteers are current Pioneer Airport hands, but the group also included a few who traveled from Minnesota and New York to help.

Volunteer tasks ranged from handling the arrival and departure briefings, aircraft traffic, and flight line safety. One of the biggest tasks this year was parking cars, as there were more guests this year than ever before that extended auto parking from Pioneer Airport all the way around on the service road to the Eagle Hangar.

A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers during the skiplane fly-in. Without volunteer support events such as these would not be possible.

If you are interested in volunteer in a future event, please visit www.eaa.org/volunteer or email hr@eaa.org

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