INDEPENDENCE — Dine with pilots and walk around the tarmac at Independence State Airport Friday through Sunday as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 292 hosts the Independence Fly-in and Van’s Homecoming.
The event is open to the public.
Van’s Aircraft, a homebuilt aircraft manufacturer, used to have an annual meeting, or homecoming. Although Van’s has stepped back from the event, Independence’s EAA Chapter 292 is hosting one and including a wider variety of homebuilt aircraft, said Marcia Noell, chairwoman of the event.
Many of the free workshops offered will be about aviation, but the public is welcome to attend Noell said.
“The main draw (for the public) is just seeing the aircraft,” she said. “I think a lot of people think the airport is off limits, but this is an opportunity to say, ‘It’s not closed, it’s not restricted.’ And there will be a lot more to see than usual.”
A pancake breakfast at the EAA Hanger, 4803 Airport Road, will be available Saturday for $5. Proceeds from the breakfast and a raffle and silent auction will go toward supporting Chapter 292’s teen aviation program.
The teen aviation program gives youths hands-on experience about aviation, Noell said.
A hamburger lunch will be provided by the Independence Elks Lodge on Saturday for $5, also in the hanger.
A shuttle will take people from the Marquis Spa parking lot to the airport, Noell said, adding that the public should not park at the Starduster Café’s parking lot for this event.
For more information about the fly-in, Young Eagles or teen aviation: EAA Chapter 292 website, eaa292.org.