Orcas Island Fly-in Looking for Volunteers
The local EAA chapter which sponsors the annual Orcas Island Fly-in is looking for volunteers. The Fly-In will be held Friday through Sunday, August 1-3, at the Eastsound Airport and volunteers are needed to help park airplanes, provide security, sell t-shirts, and staff the registration table. Sponsored by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 937, the event brings together airplanes and pilots from around the West and Canada each year for flying and camaraderie. Commemorative T-shirts and ball caps will be sold, and grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and soft drinks will be available on site Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Eastsound Fire Station will serve a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Renowned artist Frank Loudin will display and sell his airplane paintings. Antique autos will also be displayed adjacent to the airport on Saturday. The public is welcome to take part, walk among the airplanes, and talk with pilots.
Registration to the fly-in is free, though donations are needed to help defray costs. Business sponsors are also welcome and will be recognized. Volunteers and those who have an interest in flying will also be invited to join EAA. Dues are $20 a year.
In addition to the annual fly-in, the local EAA chapter also sponsors Young Eagles Day, which provides free airplane rides to young people, ages 8 to 17. This event will be held this year on May 31 and volunteers for this event are also needed.
If you are interested in airplanes, being outdoors, mingling with people, this organization is for you. For further information contact OrcasChapterEAA@gmail.com or Dwight Guss at
317-5970 or Gil Blinn at 376-6579.