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Aviation Fascination displays flight’s history, technology, careers

The proud history, modern advancements and educational opportunities in aviation will be on display on Nov. 22, at the East Valley’s annual Aviation Fascination event.

Hosted by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Heliponents, inc., the event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Heliponents, Inc., 4930 E. Falcon Dr., located at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport. The event is free to attend.

“Aviation Fascination is a popular event because people love to see these amazing aircraft,” said Otto Shill, Chamber Board Member and Falcon Field-based pilot. “Heliponents is a unique venue that allows people to leisurely stroll among the planes, enjoy good food tastings, learn about aviation, and share in the excitement of winning great prizes.”

Flight enthusiasts of all ages can get close-up views of the Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter as well as other vintage aircraft. In the past, Boeing has also showcased the next generation of aviation with an unmanned UAV.

MD Helicopters will be showcasing one of their iconic, Made in America Helicopters and the Mesa Police Department will be exhibiting their own helicopter, also by MD Helicopters. Displays by East Valley aviation education and flight training programs will offer information on the paths to a variety of aviation careers. Food will be offered by local restaurants.

Raffle tickets will be sold to fund Chamber of Commerce programs that support local businesses. This year attendees can also receive raffle tickets from United Food Bank in exchange for food donations. The organization will provide one ticket for every five food items donated. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including a pair of roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines.

The Boeing Company is sponsoring Aviation Fascination along with other community sponsors: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Southwest Airlines, MD Helicopters, and Falcon Field Airport.

There are also a variety of organizations that will be representing themselves at the event, including the Boeing Store, Mesa School District Aviation Camp, Civil Air Patrol, Aviation Explorer Post 352, Navy Federal Credit Union, Grand Canyon University, East Valley Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Canyon State Aero, Falcon Executive Aviation, Mesa Fire, Mesa PD, Ivan Martizez Photography, United Food Bank.

A variety of culinary options will be offered.

For more information, visit www.aviationfascination.com.

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