Sonoma Skypark Airport is proud to be a part of the Sonoma community, and offers a full calendar of events and educational opportunities open to the public. Did you know that kids ages 8-17 can get a free airplane ride once a month at Skypark? Or that the airport is the designated staging point for public safety agencies in the event of a disaster? Read on to learn more about Sonoma’s best kept secret!
Every year, Sonoma Skypark invites all of our neighbors to the airport for a day of old-fashioned family fun. Kids and adults alike will have a great time viewing dozens of beautifully restored antique and classic aircraft, proudly displayed by local pilots, as well as a local vintage auto display.
Activities include games for the kids and a hayride on a trailer pulled by a restored antique tractor. It’s the best way to tour the whole flight line! Or take a stroll down the runway and learn more about the aircraft on display.
There is no fee for admission, and hotdogs, hamburgers, and chips are available for all visitors.
EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION
The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953 by a group of pilots and aviation enthusiasts interested in building their own airplanes.
Since then, EAA has grown into an international organization dedicated to all aspects of aviation, including home building, antique and classic aircraft restoration, and warbird restoration. Members are warbird pilots, aerobatic pilots, ultralight and light sport pilots and builders, as well as anyone with an interest in aviation.
Sonoma Skycrafters, based at Sonoma Skypark Airport in Sonoma, California, is one of thousands of local chapters of the EAA. The chapter membership is made up of local pilots and aircraft owners covering many of the interests of the national Experimental Aircraft Association.
Chapter 1268 was chartered in 1992 and has continued since then with a membership of sixty to seventy members. The chapter has a regular monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month in the chapter clubhouse in hangar B-5 at Sonoma Skypark Airport. Each meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. with dinner prepared by the members, with a short business meeting immediately following.
Following the business meeting, the chapter presents a program covering a range of subjects relating to homebuilding and general aviation. Anyone interested in aviation is cordially invited to join the members for dinner and an evening’s entertainment.
The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.9 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.
EAA Chapter 1268 gives free Young Eagles rides every month on the second Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., weather permitting. Young Eagle candidates should come to Sonoma Skypark 21870 Eighth Street East, Sonoma, CA accompanied by a parent or adult who can authorize the ride. Call the Sonoma Skypark office at 707-996-2100 for information on local rides and visit the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles site to learn more about this wonderful program.
SONOMA SKYPARK AIR EXPLORER POST 1268
The Air Explorer program originated in the Boy Scouts of America Air Scouting program, now known as the Learning for Life/Exploring program, and is similar to other BSA affiliated career programs such as the Fire and Police Explorer programs.
Air Explorers don’t work to earn merit badges like regular Boy Scout program participants would. Instead, they learn all aspects of aviation and gain knowledge and experience that could help them pursue a career in the aviation industry. It’s a great opportunity for young people to make friends and learn valuable skills while exploring their interest in aviation.
Aviation Exploring is available for boys and girls ages fourteen through twenty. Post 1268 meets each month at Sonoma Skypark Airport, 21870 Eighth Street East, in Sonoma, CA on the second Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
For more information contact the Sonoma Skypark office at 707-996-2100.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AT SONOMA SKYPARK AIRPORT
Sonoma Skypark Airport is an integral part of Sonoma Valley’s disaster preparation planning. Sonoma Skypark is a member of the Sonoma Valley Disaster Council and contributes to the planning and preparation for area-wide disasters affecting Sonoma Valley.
Emergency and public safety agencies, including the Civil Air Patrol, California Highway Patrol Aviation Division, Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services, California National Guard, Red Cross and various Sonoma Valley fire and rescue agencies participate in Sonoma Valley emergency preparedness drills at Sonoma Skypark Airport, such as this one March 14, 2009.
Sonoma Skypark will be used several ways during and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Sonoma Skypark is the closest airport to downtown Sonoma.
Sonoma Skypark will be a reception point for critically needed disaster and medical supplies delivered by airlift from unaffected areas.
Pilots based at Sonoma Skypark will conduct aerial damage assessment surveys of Sonoma Valley and will relay real-time information directly to the Sonoma Valley Emergency Operations Center.
Sonoma Skypark will be the base in Sonoma Valley for Civil Air Patrol, CHP, Sheriff and other public safety and disaster agencies during the disaster response.