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CL-2606 New Business   Item #: D.       
Meeting Date: 09/07/2021  
Subject:    Aviation Promotion Grant
From: Marc Adelman

COUNCIL ACTION
First Reading:      09/07/2021                                                             
Final Adoption 07/21/2021
SUMMARY
The Virginia Department of Aviation has approved an Aviation Promotion grant to support an Airport Open House and Young Eagles Rally for children at the Danville Regional Airport.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 30th, 2021.

Young Eagle rallies are completed nationwide by local aircraft chapters, that offer children ages 8 to 17 the opportunity to complete a free plane ride.  The last rally held at the airport occurred in 2019.

The Young Eagles event will be held in conjunction with Airport Open House activities including a program provided by the Danville Science Center.  In addition, tours of the Operations Tower, Civil Air Patrol building and Averett University's Flight Center will be completed.  The local match requirement for the Aviation Promotion Grant is $7,500 that involves a total project budget of $15,000.
BACKGROUND
The Danville Regional Airport will hold an Airport Open House and Free Fly Day for children on October 30, 2021.  An aircraft chapter located in Apex, North Carolina will coordinate a Young Eagles Rally that offers children ages 8 to 17 the opportunity to complete a free plane ride.  In addition, facility tours and educational activities will be completed by staff representing the airport, Civil Air Patrol, Danville Science Center and Averett University's Flight Center to facilitate aviation awareness.

An Aviation Promotion Grant has been approved by the Virginia Department of Aviation to provide funding for this special event.  Related eligible expenses include refreshments for the public, aviation fuel for pilots offering free airplane rides for children and advertising charges.  The Airport Open House and Free Fly Day is scheduled for October 30th, 2021, from 9 am until 2 pm.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached Budget Appropriation Ordinance appropriating Aviation Promotion grant funds to support an Airport Open House and Free Fly Day for children at the Danville Regional Airport.
 

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