Skiplanes coming to EAA on Feb. 10

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One of the area’s most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 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 three weeks after the 65th 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 February 10, 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.

New this year is that one lucky child will 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 a drawing for that free introductory Young Eagles flight during the event (weather permitting). That child will become part of more than 2 million young people who have been introduced to aviation through the Young Eagles program since 1992.

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. We welcome all skiplane fly-in guests to stay and explore our museum after the event. Regular admission rates apply for anyone visiting the museum itself.

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.

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.

The unique world of skiplane flying comes to EAA’s Pioneer Airport on Feb. 10.

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