Flying, Family and Fun at Imperial Airport’s Aviation Day

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IMPERIAL – Saturday, October 26, from 9 am to 3 pm, Imperial County Airport, will celebrate Aviation Day at 1099 Airport Road in Imperial, CA.

This year, Aviation Day headliners will be celebrities and stand-ins from aviation movies, including some that look uncannily like the stars in this year’s Disney release of “Planes”.

Aviation Day is an airport “open house”” for the community. Residents are encouraged to visit their commercial airport, see the military and civilian aircraft that use our Airport and uncover the mystery behind the chain link fence.

One of our most exciting portions of Aviation Day is our EAA Young Eagles flights for children between the ages of 8 and 17. In the past three years over 450 of  local kids have flown in general aviation aircraft.

These hands-on flights help kindle the dreams and hopes of many of our kids. This extraordinary experience encourages youth to further their education in an aviation career with diverse occupations such as engineers, aircraft mechanics and other facets of aviation.

This year, in an effort to provide more children with their “first” flight, they will be signing up and scheduling children by age group. In the event that they do not have enough planes to fly all the children that show up for their first flight, they will draw names for the number they can fly.

While the children have the most fun flying around the valley, the event is also a regional fly-in so they have over 50 General Aviation and Military aircraft for the adults to explore. Aircraft owners and pilots are more than happy to show their aircraft and answer any questions from the visitors.

While there will be no commercial exhibitors in the parking lot this year, there will be aviation related exhibitors inside the fence. Many of the exhibits highlight aviation career opportunities in industry, military and emergency services.

By design, Aviation Day is meant to provide a fun, exciting and educational day to the community. So invite all of your friends and neighbors to join you at Imperial County Airport on October 26, 2013.