Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Free admission for children ages 18 and under on ‘Family Day’ on Sunday, August 1

      EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (July 5, 2011) — Jam-packed, affordable family fun spanning seven days awaits attendees of all ages at EAA AirVenture 2011, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” on July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

      Whether you’re a longtime aviator or an aviation novice, EAA AirVenture has something for you. A week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration will feature the largest gathering of flying naval aircraft spanning all eras ever assembled in one location. The widely popular Rockwell Collins Night Air Show, complete with the explosive “Wall of Fire” and the Daher-Socata Fireworks, caps off a memorable final evening on Saturday, July 30. And it all wraps up with “Family Day” on Sunday, July 31, when all children ages 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult on the day featuring “the world’s greatest aircraft departure show.”

      “The variety and enormity of features, programs, and entertainment options offered at AirVenture provide you maximum return on your dollar,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. “No matter what your age, you’ll be entertained, informed, and thrilled by the countless activities available to you that reflect the spirit of aviation all around AirVenture.”

      Other featured attractions at EAA AirVenture 2011 that will entertain the whole family include:

      • Daily Air Shows, presented by Rockwell Collins: Each afternoon around 3 p.m., some of the world’s finest aerobatic performers showcase their talents along the flight line. Watch pilots bring out their best in front of peers in the aerobatic community as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience in the world.

      • KidVenture: Located at Pioneer Airport, children can build model rockets and balsa planes, fly in a high-tech flight simulator, try their hand at flying a control-line model, and meet aviation legends.

      • Past, Present and Future of Flight: From vintage, homebuilts, and World War II warbirds to electric aircraft and flying cars, the past, present, and future of flight will be displayed. On Friday, July 29, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, will be open to public tours for the first time anywhere.

      • KidVenture Gallery at the AirVenture Museum: Hands-on fun in every exhibit, including simulators and more than half-dozen separate aircraft cockpits. The 3,000-square foot gallery is a fun-filled way to increase young people’s knowledge and enthusiasm in the thrilling world of flight.

      • “Little Wings ... Big Dreams, Sport Aviation in Miniature” at AirVenture Museum: This special exhibit highlights the incredible craftsmanship and ingenuity of model aircraft builders of various disciplines. Many EAA members are active modelers, some getting their start in aviation by creating miniature aircraft before expanding their expertise to full-size aircraft.

      • Mass Hot-Air Balloon Launch: Between 6-7 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, as many as 15 to 20 hot-air balloons will rise over AirVenture (weather permitting).

      • Children’s Activity Hangar: Age-appropriate aviation activities for children ages 3-7.

      • Runway 5K Run/Walk: Held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, participants will run or walk the 3.1-mile route throughout the AirVenture grounds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, YMCA Strong Kids Fund, and Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin.

      • And Much, Much More: Nightly movies, forums, and concerts at the Fly-In Theater and Theater in the Woods, included with admission, and the appearance of the world’s largest flying airship, the Farmers Airship Zeppelin NT.

      Daily admission for non-members is $37 for adults and $30 for veterans and active military personnel. Admission for children ages 6-18 is $20 (free on Sunday, July 31, when accompanied by paying adult), and children age 5 and under are admitted free throughout AirVenture.

      EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate

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