Expanded Attractions Await KidVenture Visitors

KidVenture at AirVenture 2011 allows young people to explore aviation from several different fronts.

• NEW! At a booth run by Hamilton Sundstrand, kids can make a wind-powered generator (RAT). Hamilton Sundstrand will supply 3,000 units and its staff to oversee construction.

Flight Education

The Young Eagles Flight Education area will feature 10 booths located at the center of the hangar. A series of activities focus on what a young pilot should know, including regulations, weather, navigation, human factors, air traffic control, aircraft design, pre-flight inspection, a flight lesson on a simulator and a post-flight debriefing. Kids receive a log book and can get 20 minutes of loggable flight simulator instruction from a certificated flight instructor.

Design a Better Mustang

Kids use CAD/CAM software provided by DaVinci to design a pylon racer and then race it around a virtual Reno Air Race course. Two age groups compete for daily prizes and medals supplied by DaVinci.

Electric R/C Flying

Electric R/C (radio control) flying is geared to more mature children, but any age level is allowed to fly once they have mastered the basics. Members of the Northern Aces R/C Air Show Team run this area and allow the kids to fly a real electric powered model airplane under their guidance.

Kids can also try their hand at control line airplane flying with the gas powered airplane models. Control line experts also perform daily demonstration air shows.

Other KidVenture activities and attractions include:

• NEW! Two “Condor flight simulators” supported by Soaring Society of America.

• NEW! Two “Kiddie Hawk flight trainers” brought to KidVenture by the Legends of Flight.

• Hot Seat helicopter and airplane flight simulators.

• Through simulated Mars landings, the Dream Flight space bus/exhibit shows kids what flight outside the atmosphere is like.

• In “Area 51½,” kids build a balsa glider along with a wooded model of EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast and the legendary P-51 Mustang of EAA Founder Paul Poberezny.

• The Hero Stage will feature speakers and air show pilots interacting with the kids and signing autographs.

• Kids can talk on the KidVenture HAM radio station to other people around the country and the world.

• 5,000 Scotts Warbird Alley T-shirts for kids to color and take home, courtesy of Scotts.

• Through the KidVenture Passport program, kids take a passport around to various sites on the convention grounds and get their passport stamped. The first 350 kids who return passports completed receive a prize.

• An entire fleet of F-14 pedal planes await the youngest of the future aviators.

• Real aircraft and gliders for kids to sit in and have pictures taken in the “cockpit climb” area.

• Twice-daily competitions at the artist’s booth awarding prizes for the best aviation drawings produced in the booth (based on age groups).

• Southwest Airlines will host an interactive booth where giveaways will be available.

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