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The VAA 16 chapter’s new hanger expansion at Gardner Municipal Airport is an 30×40′ addition that will be used for storage.  It will have two restrooms with showers.  The showers will be used by those who camp next to their airplanes during a fly in.  In June, there were more than 60 airplanes and 700 plus guests who attended. Our VAA16 chapter is very active and has about 120 members and is growing,” said Ron Sipple, president. “The Young Eagles program is what we are most proud of.  We give free rides to kids between 8-17 years old.  We’ve flown 277 kids this year and we were looking to pass the 300 mark but had to cancel the October flights due to weather. ”