With an expanded offering of activities and new featured attractions, KidVenture at AirVenture 2011 promises to be the most exciting edition of the popular children’s attraction to date. Sponsored by United Technologies (UTC), KidVenture enters its 13th year in 2011.
Located at Pioneer Field across from the AirVenture Museum, KidVenture allows young people to explore aviation from several different fronts. They can receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit towards an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a P-51 Mustang on a computer then find out how fast it flies, even see what it’s like to land on Mars – making it a out-of-this-world experience.
Among the new features are two additional A&P booths where kids are able to learn basic building skills as well as “Condor flight simulators” and “Kiddie Hawk flight trainers.”
“Thanks to UTC’s support, we’ve been able to expand offerings in many areas,” said Dan Majka, an EAA director who’s been KidVenture chairman since its debut. “Last year, KidVenture was put on by 420 volunteers from 52 EAA chapters who volunteered 9,844 hours, making it the best possible experience for our young guests. And it is looking even better for 2011 with even more activities for kids to enjoy.”
More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend over AirVenture’s seven-day run – a far cry from the 2,000 who attended the first year. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily during AirVenture (2 p.m. on closing day Sunday, July 31).
The Future A&P Section has expanded to seven activities where the kids can learn a number of building tasks. After completing each station, kids get their card punched.
Kids who complete the Future A&P booths will receive a Future A&P pin, two hours of official FAA credit toward their A&P license, and, if they are among the first 500 kids to complete the skills, a GEAR WRENCH tool kit from Apex tools along with Apex / Gear wrench work gloves.
• The Riveting Booth, supported by Van's Aircraft, teaches how to buck solid rivets, using top-grade tools supplied by Avery tool company. Those wanting to learn more can work on a real RV-12 kit donated by Van's. The kids also can make a personalized metal riveted name badge.
• The Engine Booth will have conventional four-cylinder engines and new this year with Pratt Whitney's help will be two PT-6 turbine engines that the kids can inspect and work on under the guidance of skilled A&P mechanics and the Pratt Whitney volunteers.
•The Electronic Troubleshooting Booth shows kids how to make simple wire circuits and also teaches about working with electricity.
•In the Prop-Shaping Booth, supported by Hartzell Propeller, kids take a wooden prop blank and shape it into a finished propeller. Adult KidVenture volunteers then burn the EAA and Hartzell logos into the wood, and the kids can collect autographs from aviation greats around the grounds. Majka anticipates the kids will make about 1,000 propellers during the week.
• The Wooden Rib Building Booth, supported by Wick’s Aircraft and run by EAA Chapter 43 (Denver), teaches kids how to make a 20-inch wooden wing rib exactly like a homebuilder does using the same material, jigs, and tools required for a full-size rib.
• NEW! At the Composite Booth kids can produce a composite helicopter blade under the supervision of Sikorsky Helicopter staff.