“Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot to be guest of honor at Grand Opening
Poplar Grove, IL – March 28, 2013
Mr. Jeff Skiles will be the guest of honor at the Grand Opening of the Northern Illinois Aviation Resource Center Hangar which is operated by the Experimental Aircraft Chapter 1414 (EAA 1414) located at the Poplar Grove Airport. Mr. Skiles is presently the EAA Vice-President of Chapters and Youth Education. He was also the First-Officer on US Airways flight 1549 out of New York’s La Guardia airport on January 15, 2009 when, shortly after take-off, they struck some birds and eventually landed in the Hudson River. This event is widely known as the “The Miracle on the Hudson”. The Grand Opening will be held on May 19, 2013 from 7:00 am– 1:00pm and the official ribbon cutting will be held at 9:30 am. Mr. Skiles will make a presentation about EAA’s history and his Hudson River experience at 10:00am. He will also be available throughout the day for personal conversations.
In conjunction with the Grand Opening, EAA 1414 will be hosting a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast and offering free introduction to aviation airplane rides to youth ages 8 – 17. There will be a demonstration of remote controlled airplanes and also hot air balloon rides along with many other activities. All these flying activities are weather dependent of course.
EAA Chapter 1414 was founded in January, 2005 by a small group of enthusiasts to share the spirit of aviation with each other and community This new facility will allow them to greatly expand their ability to carry out that mission and reach even more people than before. In addition EAA 1414 offers scholarships to individuals to assist them in their flight education. From its inception, EAA 1414 has been conducting fundraising events and securing donations to fund the building of this new facility. Official ground breaking was held on July 27, 2012. Since then, many chapter members have graciously given of their time and talents to bring the hangar to completion. It is now time to share their accomplishments with everyone.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Dean May at 815-544-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org