2017 Independence Fly-In and Vans Homecoming
It is hosted by EAA Chapter 292 and Van's Aircraft
Aerial views of Idependence Fly In site.
Van's Homecoming Heritage
Van’s Homecoming Fly-in is the centerpiece of the RV pilot’s year. It was usually held on the Labor Day weekend, pilots and builders of RVs were invited to Sunset Airpark for three days of food, fellowship and flying. In 1998, one hundred and thirty one RVs arrived from all over the USA and Canada (for the first time in three years an RV did NOT fly in from Australia!) Some had flown from the East Coast, others from the Maritime Provinces, some from airports four miles away.
Saturday night, Van’s backyard was filled with RV builders who had flown or driven in with their families for the catered Backyard Buffet. Hundreds of people ate, talked and walked up and down the strip, examining airplanes. It was easy to see who was building what! New builders clustered around the tail, those partially through their wing kits were looking at both the top and bottom of the wings and builders deep into the Finishing Kit were pleading for owners to take their cowls off and show how they’d installed the engine. Photos were taken, sketches made, techniques explained.