|A Quicksilver MX II Sprint.
The Ultralight area at EAA AirVenture, famously dubbed “The Farm,” will feature a number of new highlights and attractions at AirVenture 2011, including flight demos on its own runway and celebrating one of the category’s most successful brands.
Located at the south end of the flightline—just hop on a southbound AirVenture tram—Ultralights has always been one of AirVenture’s best-kept secrets, said Timm Bogenhagen, senior technical aviation specialist at EAA, who is based at the Ultralight area during AirVenture.
“Ultralight pilots love to fly for fun. Having our own runway allows us to fly our ultralights at the world’s largest fly-in.”
Spectators are always standing alongside the flightline or sitting in the bleachers to watch the incredible flight by ultralights.
Ultralight enthusiasts will celebrate their most prominent manufacturer this year with a Salute to Quicksilver, a company that has sold more ultralight aircraft than any other manufacturer. EAA has encouraged owners and operators to attend, and they’ll receive special parking, under-the-wing camping, and special commemorative memorabilia.
Quicksilver Manufacturing will have a pilot hospitality tent at its exhibit, 902-903. Daily drawings for a jacket will be held at 2 p.m. July 25-31, as well as a one-time drawing for a $500 cash prize on Saturday, July 30.
In the mornings and evenings, visitors can see ultralights flying, taking off, and landing on the 1,200-foot grass runway adjacent to the Ultralight Barn. Ultralights and lightplanes fly from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Homebuilt helicopters and gyroplanes fly from 12 to 3 p.m. daily.
There’s also a hot air balloon launch at 6 a.m. on Saturday.
Other Ultralight area highlights
- Dozens of ultralight manufacturer exhibits daily.
- Ultralight party featuring a pig roast in the Nature Center on Saturday night; tickets are available in the Ultralight Red Barn.
- Tethered hot air balloon flights daily (weather permitting).
- A special area for EAA Ultralight chapters to promote their activities.
- Technical forums.
- Stewart Systems covering demonstrations.
- Hop on an AirVenture tram and head to the south end of the flightline to enjoy this great segment of aviation.