Learning is easy when kids are having fun.
That has been shown to be the case for the last several years at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation Fly-In.
This year’s event is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.
“There are educational parts, but it’s so much fun most of the time the kids don’t even realize they’re getting educated. It’s a lot of fun,” Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said.
The free event has interactive demonstrations and booths geared to heighten the interest of children in science, technology, engineering and math.
These are the skills that will be required for young people to enter the field of aviation, either as a pilot, a mechanic, or even a manufacturer, Lewis said.
The foundation places high emphasis on getting children interested in aviation since Havelock has a large number of aviation-based jobs at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point.
The Havelock Tourist and Event Center has a number of military aircraft that are on static display and new exhibits detailing the history of aviation. All serve as teaching tools at the Fly-In, Lewis said.
Kids can learn about weather and aerodynamics at various displays and booths during the event. Parents can photograph their children wearing pilot and crew gear. A number of items geared toward learning will also be given away to children.
“It’s a great night for families and their children to come and think about science and look at the airplanes,” said Frank Bottorff, Havelock city manager and a former Marine Corps pilot.
Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a giant screen presentation of Disney’s “Planes” at 7 p.m.
Concessions will be available throughout the event.
“If you haven’t been to the Fly-In, you need to bring your kids out,” Havelock Commissioner George Liner said. “It’s a great show. It’s impressive. It’s a lot of fun. Even if you’re a child at heart, you need to come out. There’s a lot to see.”
For more information on the event, call 444-4348 or go online to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ecaviationheritage.com.