May 17, 2012—KidVenture, where young people can get hands-on experience in building, piloting, and other aviation-related skills, is getting ready for its 14th year at AirVenture Oshkosh. KidVenture is sponsored by United Technologies (UTC) and is located on Pioneer Airport directly across from the AirVenture Museum.
At KidVenture young people can explore aviation from several different fronts. They can receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a wing on a computer then find out how well it flies, and even see what it's like to land on Mars.
"Thanks to UTC's support, we've been able to expand offerings in many areas," said Dan Majka, an EAA director who's been KidVenture chairman since its debut in 1999. "Last year, KidVenture was put on by 490 volunteers from 52 EAA chapters who volunteered 9,944 hours, making it the best possible experience for our young guests. And it is looking even better for 2012 with even more activities for kids to enjoy."
More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend over AirVenture's seven-day run - a far cry from the 2,000 who attended the first year. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily during AirVenture (2 p.m. on closing day Sunday, July 29).
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Getting loggable flight instruction from a CFI is just one of the many activities young people can do at KidVenture.