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CL- 2062 New Business   Item #:   B.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 02/05/2019  
Subject:    Aviation Promotion Grant
From: Marc Adelman

First Reading:     02/05/2019
Final Adoption:   02/19/2019
The Virginia Department of Aviation has approved an Aviation Promotion grant to support an Airport Open House and Young Eagles Rally at the Danville Regional Airport.  The event would be scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019 with a rain date planned for the following Saturday on June 29, 2019. 

Young Eagle rallies are completed nationwide by local aircraft chapters that offer children ages to 8 to 17 the opportunity to complete a free plane ride.  The airport hosted Young Eagles rallies in the past and approximately 200 children completed a plane ride the last time the event was held in Danville. 

The Young Eagles event would be held in conjunction with an Airport Open House.  Tours would also be provided by airport staff and the Civil Air Patrol, Averett University Flight Center and General Aviation Inc.
The Danville Regional Airport has planned an Airport Open House and an event for children to complete a free plane ride.  This past summer the airport obtained support from an aircraft chapter located in Apex, North Carolina to coordinate a Young Eagles rally that would involve completing free flights for children ages 8 to 17.  In addition, tours and educational activities would be completed by airport staff, Civil Air Patrol, Averett University Flight Center and General Aviation Inc. to facilitate aviation awareness.  

An Aviation Promotion Grant has been approved by the Virginia Department of Aviation to provide funding for this activity.  Related expenses that can be financed through this grant include refreshments for the public, aviation fuel for pilots supporting the free fly day and advertising charges.  It is anticipated that 10 or more pilots including local pilots would be involved with offering free flights for children.  Parents would be able to register online in advance of the event to schedule a plane ride. 

The Airport Open House and Free Fly Day would be scheduled for Saturday June 22, 2019 from 9 am until 2 pm with a rain date planned for June 29, 2019.
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached Budget Appropriation Ordinance appropriating Aviation Promotion grant funds to hold an Airport Open House and Free Fly Day for children.


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