The Aviation Council recognizes that pilots are out there, but in Virginia, we too are losing numbers and growing older. Continuing to operate the Festival of Flight (focusing on the potential younger population) requires us to first build up and organize our existing pilot resources so the younger people can see and learn from the experienced cadre. Virginia big picture events in the past (like the Festival of Flight) have faced too much hard luck with timing, weather and location choices.
For now, we will focus our energy on statewide fly-ins at a variety of locations and with changing dates. We will look for opportunities to partner with or without other organizations (EAA, AOPA, and Clubs) who might not have events of this nature, or we will merge our events into existing airport/community activities. Our number one goal is to help strengthen the flying community in Virginia. For our events, we will bring everyone together under the name the “Virginia Hard Luck Fly-In.” Something fun, certainly reflective, and yet a serious effort.
Each of the Virginia Hard Luck Fly-Ins could include:
Gathering of existing pilots from around the state
Activities helping grow the pilots in Virginia, via (as appropriate)
–Young Eagles flights
–Women Can Fly flights
Collections of aircraft for sale
Drone and other aviation demonstrations
Pancake brunch and/or other food offerings
Fun pilot contests
Education programs like Safety/WINGS Seminars