Ultralight Day at EAA scheduled for June 16

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On Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., up to 30 ultralights and light planes will transform EAA’s Pioneer Airport into a fun fly zone for this year’s Ultralight Day.

Invited pilots and members of EAA Ultralight Chapter 1 (Southern Wisconsin) and Chapter 75 (North Central Wisconsin) will partake in several proficiency tests, including accuracy landings, bean bag drops, and a “torpedo run test.” Competitors who score in the top three at each event will receive a plaque recognizing their skills.

“This will be a great opportunity for anyone visiting the EAA museum to see up close and learn more about this fun, simple, and affordable segment of aviation,” said Timm Bogenhagen, EAA ultralight & light-plane community manager. “Affordable fun is the core of this kind of flying.”

Members from the Ultralight Chapters will use special procedures to fly into Pioneer Airport. There will be four mass arrivals from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with pilot proficiency events beginning at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Anyone interested in having a fun afternoon learning about this unique segment of flight are welcome to attend Ultralight Day. The activities are included in regular museum admission for non-EAA members, and are free for EAA members.

Additionally, vintage aircraft rides (not ultralights) will be available for purchase, as well as lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors must park in the museum parking lot and enter through the main museum entrance doors. A tram will operate between the museum and Pioneer Airport all day beginning at 8:30 a.m.  For more information call Timm Bogenhagen at 920-426-6831 or visit www.eaa.org

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