WMU College of Aviation’s Annual Fly-In on April 8: Egg Hunt, Buster Bronco, Food + FREE Airplane Flights for Kids

Hangar WMU Fly-In

Free WMU College of Aviation Fly-In: Hosted by Alpha Eta Rho-Theta

Plans this weekend? Why not visit a cool fly-in event on our calendar from WMU’s College of Aviation?


Hop in your plane and fly straight to Battle Creek this Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Oh, you’re not a pilot? Don’t worry, you can drive there too.

There will be planes. There will be food. There will be eggs. There will be a favorite local bronco.

Annual Fly-In Highlights

While most attendees will drive to this event, fly-ins invite visitors to actually “fly in” to attend with their personal aircraft. You can expect plenty of planes- and some helicopters too!

The Fly-In is hosted by Alpha Eta Rho-Theta, WMU’s professional fraternity for aviation.

Although FREE to attend, they do ask that you register for the event so they can gauge attendance (flights require separate sign-ups as well).

Plus Buster Bronco will be making an appearance!

image: WMU Aviation

Fly-In Hours

Saturday, April 8: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


WMU Aviation Education Center
237 Helmer Rd N, Battle Creek MI 49037

Activities for Families

In addition to checking out the planes, this event includes some kid-friendly fun. Most of these activities are geared for children five years old and older:

• Easter Egg Hunt with Buster Bronco at 1:30 PM
• Paper Airplane Contest
• Coloring Corner
• Air Traffic Control Simulators
• Visit Airplanes and helicopters: MI State Police UH-1H Huey, MedFlight Helicopter plus more favorites
• Food! Hamburgers and hot dogs available for purchase

image: Western Michigan University

FREE Flights for Kids 8-17 with EAA Young Eagles

Update: All time slots have been reserved.

If your child is 8-17, they can register for a FREE flight. What an adventure!

The pilots who participate in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA. They volunteer their time and aircraft for this event.

Each Young Eagles pilot is certificated with the Federal Aviation Administration or Transport Canada.

Flights are conducted according to federal regulations and no aerobatic maneuvers will be performed.

EAA Young Eagles WMU Fly-In
image: EAA Young Eagles Chapter 1093

What to Expect:
Pilots will explain how airplanes work, the instruments they use and explain what your child will see and do. Then, you get to fly!

Participants will spend 15-20 in the air and follow basic steps in a flight pattern. This will be an unforgettable experience.

image: eaa.org

About Alpha Eta Rho

Founded in 1929 at the University of Southern California, Alpha Eta Rho is the oldest professional aviation fraternity in history.

Currently, Alpha Eta Rho recognizes over 60 active chapters in the United States and throughout the world, including our local chapter at Western Michigan University.

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