Van's Banquet

More than a dozen Van's employees sat up front and enjoyed the meal and entertainment.

If it's Tuesday night at AirVenture, it must be the Van's Aircraft Banquet night. A couple hundred RV builders, owners, vendors, and wannabes gathered at the Nature Center Pavilion for the annual celebration of all things RV.

Van's sent a very large crew this year to support the One Week Wonder build in addition to the usual sales tent and demonstration rides so it was a chance to meet and talk with technical support, shipping, transition training, engineering, and prototype shop folks. The evening included a very nice meal with both chicken and filet mignon, a welcome message from Dick VanGrunsven, introductions of notable players in the RV world, door prizes, a talk by Nigel Speedy on Phase One Flight Testing for RVs, and lots of camaraderie.

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

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