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3rd annual Homebuilt Aircraft Fly-In

When: Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry
Cost: Regular museum admission applies ($5 for adults, $4 for seniors over 60 and veterans, $2.50 for kids ages 12 to 16, free for members and kids under 12); pilots who fly-in their aircraft also receive free admission
Visit: aviationmuseumofnh.org




Taking flight
Aviation Museum hosts fly-in for homemade aircraft

07/06/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Dozens of local and regional pilots will convene at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry, flying their own homemade and antique airplanes in for display.

At the third annual Homebuilt Aircraft Fly-In on Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice votes for the best display, as well as opportunities to meet the pilots, participate in interactive workshops and sit in the planes’ cockpits.
Museum Executive Director Jessica Pappathan said the event is meant to be a fun and educational way to expose the lesser-known homebuilt side of aviation, which she said is one of the fastest-growing building segments of aircraft in the country.
“In the past, we’ve focused this event just on homebuilt aircraft, but we’ve since opened it up to all vintage and antique aircraft as well,” she said. “Homebuilt airplanes are typically built in garages instead of in factories and rely heavily on personal skill and craftsmanship. … You have to work on it basically every day for a number of years … and they are allowed to fly as long as they are approved by the FAA.”
Planes on display will likely include aircraft spanning several decades, dating back to the 1940s or even earlier.
“We’ll see a pretty wide variety from new to vintage,” Pappathan said, “and a lot of times the pilots who come will allow visitors to check out the inside of the cockpit.”
You can vote on your favorite airplane on display once you arrive, and at 1:30 p.m. the two winners for each of the judging categories will be announced.
There will be several other features going on for the duration of the fly-in inside the museum, including a wing rib building project for kids.
“We’re also going to have interactive demonstrations inside like a fabric-covering demonstrations and riveting as well, which is essentially the mechanical fastening of rivets together in assembling an aircraft,” Pappathan said. “Visitors will be able to watch and learn how an aircraft is pieced together and built and will even get a chance to try it out for themselves.”
The museum will be open regular hours and tours will be available as well. Pappathan said one of the newer exhibits recently donated to the museum on display is an Experimental Aircraft Association biplane they plan to showcase during the fly-in.
Tidewater Catering will be providing food for purchase during the fly-in, and an ice cream truck is also expected to be there.
The homebuilt fly-in has grown into one of the Aviation Museum’s most popular summer events, according to Pappathan, drawing hundreds of visitors. Other upcoming events will include its annual car show on Aug. 19 and its gala and auction on Sept. 29, to raise money for its educational programs. 





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