|Participants and their family members from the 2010 EAA Make-A-Wish program at AirVenture.
For the 18th year in a row, EAA AirVenture will make dreams of Make-A-Wish families come true as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" hosts five children and their families on Saturday, July 30.
"We plan a very special day for the kids and their families, fulfilling the kids’ dream activities," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director and MAW program support coordinator. "Activities and partnerships like Make-A-Wish day is the essence of EAA and AirVenture."
The day begins at 7 a.m. when a tram arrives at the EAA AirVenture Museum parking lot to pick up the families and take them to Pioneer Airport, where they will be flying in EAA’s Bell 47 helicopter. Shortly after that, families will visit the Federal Pavilion to fly the EAA Wright Brothers Simulator and experience high winds in the NOAA Hurricane Simulator.
Starting at 9 a.m., children and their families will fly high above Oshkosh in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, with all children involved (brothers and sisters included) earning their Young Eagles wings. After the excitement on the Tri-Motor, the group will head over to the Ultralight area of the grounds to fly in a light-sport aircraft.
The day will continue with a surprise event, then time to explore KidVenture and the EAA AirVenture Museum, a personal tour of the airport's ATC tower, lunch in the lodge provided by EAA Chapter 850, and a personal meet-and-greets with AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, and EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and his wife, Maura.
To conclude the day, the group will watch the air show from the performers' tent and have the opportunity to meet the performers along with other VIP attendees.
The opportunities made during Make-A-Wish's AirVenture day are made possible through EAA's volunteer tram drivers and agencies from the International Federal Partnership (IFP), which is located in the Federal Pavilion.
"The annual Make-A-Wish event at Oshkosh is one of the many partnerships opportunities that continue to make AirVenture so special," Hansen said. "EAA is thankful for the contributions from many organizations and volunteers that make these programs possible."
AirVenture 2011 also marks the 18th anniversary of the EAA-IFP partnership, which continually provides activities and programs supporting Make-A-Wish kids and their families.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors' visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward. Since the Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984, more than 4,000 families statewide can attest to the power of a wish. Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 318 wishes and currently more than 250 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. For more information about Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin or to learn how you can make a difference, please call 800-236-WISH or visit its website.