Aviation Fascination displays flight’s history, technology, careers

The proud history, modern advancements and educational opportunities in aviation will be on display on Nov. 12, 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. This years vendors include On the Border, Bobby-Q, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Marco’s Pizza. Live music will also be provided by The Arizona Band Flotilla, the second U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary band.

The Boeing Company is sponsoring Aviation Fascination along with other community sponsors: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, MD Helicopters,  Falcon Field Airport, California Aeronautical University, Nammo Defense Systems, Semper Fi Heating and Cooling, Heliponents Inc., Hawkeye Engraving, Sunstate Equipment, and Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.

There are also a variety of organizations that will be representing themselves at the event either through raffle prizes or as exhibitors, including Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Always Best Care, Arizona Renaissance Festival, Aurora Behavioral Health, Avon, AZCAF Aviation Camp, Bodycentral PT, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Breyer Law Offices, Brick Cave Media, Care Access, Copa Health, Devoted Health Care, Discovery Point Retirement Community, Dolly Steamboat, East Valley Institute of Technology, Ed Tobin Insurance Agency, Empower Coffee Roasters, Endeavor In-Home Care, First Command, Floor & Décor, Friendly Auto Centers, Fuller Life Chiropractic, Gateway Restoration, Green Flag Mesa Business Center, Grief Recovery Method Rocks, Hatfield Medical Group, Hospice of the Valley, House of Refuge, Kabat’s Handy ACE Hardware, Kraken Auto Glass, Krazy Air Trampoline Park, Legacy Retirment Residence, Lifetime Benefits Advisors, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Mesa Fire Dept, Mesa Police Dept, Nerd Power, Organ Stop Pizza, Patriot Printing, Puppy Pleasers Natural Dog Treats, Rayhons Financial Solutions, State Farm (Matt Watson), Sunland Home Care, Teen Strong, University of Dubuque.

For more information, visit the Mesa Chamber Events Page.

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