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KidVenture Updates for 2014
EAA Volunteer Newsletter, May 2014
By Bret Steffen, EAA Lifetime 870589, Director of Education
KidVenture continues to grow and develop because of the energy and passion of EAA volunteers. Now in its 16th year, KidVenture will have a different look and a campus feel in 2014. Instead of the large tent, it will use three Pioneer Airport hangars, including the Vette (Pioneer Flying Service) Hangar, Wittman Hangar, and Pioneer Hangar 1. The hands- on activities for youth are fun while demonstrating skills needed to fly and build aircraft.
This year, Redbird will be providing four simulators for budding pilots to log time, while Bombardier will provide electrical activities to spark an interest in building, and Sikorsky will be teaching about helicopters. Hamilton Sundstrand is back with their RAT’s experience (What is that? Come check it out – they don’t have ugly tails!). Penn Yan is always a hit with its aircraft engine area, and Pratt and Whitney adds to it with some turbine engines to discover. And one of the most riveting stops is exactly that – The riveting booth, made possible by Van’s Aircraft.
Another unique experience is the Living Legends of Aviation stage. The people who will share their stories there will surely inspire us all! In all, there are activities for youth of nearly every age, so bring the family and enjoy it. KidVenture is the result of 450 volunteers providing 12,000 hours of work each year; a labor of love that has started uncounted aviation dreams!