EAA Chapter 944 will celebrate its 25th annual breakfast fly-in and drive-in Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport.
EAA Chapter 944 will celebrate its 25th annual breakfast fly-in and drive-in Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. This year marks the 25th anniversary nationwide of the Young Eagles program, which began in 1992 and has provided more than 2 million young people, ages 8 to 17, with an introduction to personal aviation, according to Cathie Hamilton, local EAA event spokesperson. A parent or guardian must be present to sign a release form for their child to take the free airplane ride. Rides will be given from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., weather permitting. The day’s event begins with a breakfast (rain or shine) of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee from 7 until 10 a.m.. Meals are $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, and no charge for children younger than 5. The opening ceremony will be at 8 a.m. and will include special recognition to veterans, law enforcement agencies, Chillicothe ambulance and fire department, Mayor Chuck Haney, the pilots who will be flying the Young Eagles, the Advance Air Academy and Scholarship for Flying recipients, and others. Lunch will be available on the grounds and provided by Wabash BBQ. Guests will have a choice of four different meats, plus chips, cookie, tea or water. All proceeds will be donated to the EAA club. Another fund-raising opportunity will be to purchase raffle tickets for items donated by sponsors. Buy six tickets for $5, or 30 for $25. There will be a 1-ticket pot for $100 bill. Those bringing two non-perishable food items will receive one raffle ticket. All proceeds go to benefit Young Eagles and to send youth to the EAA Advance Air Academy at Oshkosh, Wis., in July each year for a week-long camp. The last two days are enjoyed by attending the AirVenture annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. The local EAA chapter also offers scholarships for flying. Individuals selected for the 2017 Air Academy are Wesley Sportsman (Marceline), Drew Minnis (Chillicothe), and Jackson Pauley (Chula). Congressman Sam Graves is expected to attend the fly-in event, weather permitting. There will be a static display of airplanes, LifeFlight Eagle, the Highway Patrol with an exhibit, a classic car display, car dealership display, wrecker display, display of homebuilt RC model airplanes, a National Guard Display, wood carving, face painting, storybook telling, Big Boy Jenga game, Swarm football team and cheerleaders, plus many other displays. Those attending are invited to bring their lawn chairs and stay for the day.