International Forest of Friendship
If your arrival plans include flying into the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, please contact us so that we may make arrangements for your transportation to your lodging. Transportation will be provided at no cost from the Atchison Amelia Earhart Airport. Flight plan arrival times will be monitored.
Kansas City International (MCI) Airport pick-up service is available by contacting Rick’s Airport Express at 1-800-331-6796 or 913-651-4649.
Click here to learn more about how to register and join in the celebration!
June 16th, 6:30 p.m. – Friday evening Cocktail Party at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. 2 tickets for the bar for each registration.
June 17th, 8:30 a.m. – Bus transportation to and from the International Forest of Friendship for the Celebration and induction ceremony.
June 17th, 12:00 p.m. – Lunch immediately following the celebration at Elizabeth's (121 N 5th Street, Atchison, KS 66002).
June 17th – Afternoon trolley and visits to Atchison landmarks.
June 17th, 5:00 p.m. – Dedication of the FBO Hangar in honor of Frank Spatz, Sr. Dinner will follow and is included with registration. A celebration with music and a cash bar will take place after dinner in the hangar and stay open until midnight. Trolley transport will be available from hotels to the AE airport at 4:30 p.m., returning at 8:00 p.m. Those wishing to go at different times are free to make their own travel arrangements. Other evening meals will be at leisure on Saturday and are not part of the registration.
Please stay tuned for hotel information.
The International Forest of Friendship (IFOF) will hold its 41st anniversary induction ceremony on the third weekend in June in Atchison, KS. The 2017 theme will be “Flying, Forests and the Future,” emphasizing achievements by younger people. The deadline to receive nominations is April 15, 2017. In addition to this year's focus on youth, all those will be welcome who have contributed or are contributing to all facets of aviation and aerospace, as they are every year. Click here to view the 2017 honorees.
The Friday evening cocktail party will be held on June 16 at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, and followed by the Induction ceremony on the morning of the 17th at the Forest. Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Barrington Irving, who in 2007 was the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo.
Themes we will be exploring in the coming months include: ongoing contributions to aviation and aerospace by younger people, especially in ways that link them to the green spaces on the planet, such as links to forestry and understanding the biosphere; educational initiatives that involve youth in all aspects of aviation and aerospace; and organizations that are helping to shape the future of aviation and aerospace. We welcome suggestions for other initiatives to highlight!