Aviation Explorers now have a permanent food service facility at EAA AirVenture, thanks to contributions from Sporty's Pilot Shop, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Using financial contributions from Sporty's and AOPA, volunteers built the new facility on land provided by EAA for the Aviation Explorer's base camp. The building will now allow food to be stored, prepared, and served to the more than 200 Aviation Explorers who participate in the Oshkosh event each year.
"EAA has done a tremendous job in getting kids interested in aviation through its Young Eagles program," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Pursuing that interest through the Aviation Exploring program is the next step - and we're proud to contribute to this outstanding effort that supports the growth of GA."
The brief July 31 ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and followed with comments by Aviation Explorer volunteer Katie Hemle, EAA President Tom Poberezny, Boyer, and Hal Shevers, founder/chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop.
Dubbed the Skyview Café by the Explorers themselves, the building will carry a plaque commemorating the dedication ceremony and the funding that made the building possible.
On hand for the dedication ceremony was J. Carey Kean, national director of Relationships and Publishing, and Bill Rogers, associate director of the Learning for Life program, for the Boy Scouts of America.
Aviation Exploring, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is a youth development program open to young women and men between the ages of 14 and 20. For more information, visit the Web site.
July 31, 2004