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CL-2293 Consent Agenda   Item #: B.       
Meeting Date: 04/21/2020  
Subject:    Aviation Promotion Grant
From: Marc Adelman

First Reading: 04/07/2020
Final Adoption: 04/21/2020                                                            
The Virginia Department of Aviation has approved an Aviation Promotion grant to support an Airport Open House and Young Eagles Rally that will be held at the Danville Regional Airport on August 29, 2020. Last year, this event was scheduled in June and a total of 128 children completed a free plane ride.

Young Eagle rallies are completed nationwide by local aircraft chapters, and offer children ages 8 to 17 the opportunity to complete a free flight.  The rallies also create a venue for students to speak with pilots to learn about aviation.  This special event will include tours of the Civil Air Patrol, Averett University Flight Center and the Operations Advisory Tower, and the Danville Science Center will provide an exhibit that will be on display.
The Danville Regional Airport plans to hold an Airport Open House and a Free Fly Day for children this summer.  Last year the airport obtained support from an aircraft chapter located in Apex, North Carolina as well as local pilots to complete free flights for children. The North Carolina chapter expressed interest to hold the rally again in Danville this year.  In addition, as part of this event, airport tours would be completed by airport staff, Civil Air Patrol and Averett University to facilitate aviation awareness.  The Airport Open House and Free Fly Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2020, from 9 am until 2 pm.  Free food and refreshments would be provided to the public.  On-line registration to complete a free plane ride would begin in early June for the August event.  If the event is postponed due to weather conditions, then volunteers will be surveyed to reschedule the Free Fly Day for a subsequent date.
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached Ordinance to appropriate state Aviation Promotion grant funds to hold an Airport Open House and Free Fly Day for children.



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