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30th Annual PFK Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at MSP An Outstanding Success!

Last updated 10 months ago

On Saturday, 07 December 2019 several volunteers including Delta pilots, flight attendants others helped to make a difference in the lives of foster kids and families from the Minnesota Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Services at the 30th Annual Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole held at MSP airport.
Over 200 foster kids and families came to MSP and experienced some great food, games and entertainment including appearances by local sports mascots such as Goldy Gopher (MN Gophers), Viktor the Viking (MN Vikings) and T.C. Bear (MN Twins). In addition, there were other fun activities including face painting, beading, a candy fishing booth and hands-on science activities presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota as well as a cryogenics demonstration by the 3M Visiting Wizards.
The highlight of the day however was when guests boarded a Delta aircraft for a “flight” to the North Pole that took them on a trip around the airport before arriving back at the gate about 45 minutes later where they then found an area that has been magically transformed into the North Pole and where Santa himself was waiting to greet them.
Overall it was a wonderful day that helped not only the guests but also volunteers embrace and get in to the holiday spirit early.

Save the date for next year's event, Saturday, 05 DEC 2020!

2019 MSP Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight, Saturday, 07 DEC 2019

Last updated 11 months ago

Greetings All!

I wanted to let you all know about this year's Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight at the MSP airport happening Saturday, 07 December from 1000-1500 that day. For those who may not be familiar with this event, the Fantasy Flight is an event that has been happening for the past 20+ years at MSP started first by pilot and flight crew volunteers from NWA and now Delta. It features a meal, carnival with games and mascots present to interact with participants from Minneapolis college and pro teams like the Gophers, Wild, Twins, Vikings and more. The highlight of the event is a simulated "flight" to the North Pole on a Delta aircraft (usually an A320 or B757) that loads all participants at a gate, taxis around the airport for a bit and then returns to the gate that has been transformed by the volunteers into the North Pole where Santa is waiting to greet everyone and provide small gift bags.

The event supports kids and foster families from the MN Children's Home Society and is open to anyone who would like to volunteer to help including pilots and employees from other organizations as well as spouses and friends too. There is a potential limit on total number of helpers so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Clayton Leith soon at clayton.leith@gmail.com. Clayton is an MSP A320 First Officer and in charge of organizing volunteers for this year's event.

The main components and timeline of the PFK Fantasy Flight follow something like this:

10:00am - Volunteers arrive to set-up
11:30am - Kids and families arrive MSP airport
11:45am - Kids and families are escorted to the Fantasy Flight gate from special TSA checkpoint at MSP
12:00pm - Meal, carnival games and special program (looking at a science demo team from 3M and/or the Science Museum of Minnesota this year) at FF gate area
1:30pm - Boarding of FF aircraft
2:15pm - FF aircraft returns to gate (while out taxiing, the gate is transformed into a "winter wonderland" with Santa by volunteers). Kids and families get to meet Santa, etc.
3:00pm - Event closes

If you are interested in help with this year's event, please contact Clayton Leith (clayton.leith@gmail.com) soon. Also be sure to bid-off on your schedule for Saturday, 07 DEC to be available.

Thanks in advance for your help and enjoy the upcoming holidays!

Cheers,

Chris

Chris Rossing
Captain, Delta Air Lines
Pilots For Kids and MSP Fantasy Flight Coordinator


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2019 Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight at MSP Airport

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 10:00 to 15:00 CDT

Annual event supporting MN Children's Home Society at MSP Airport. See news article at PFK MSP homepage for more info.

Dress Code: Pilot/FA/Flight Crew Uniforms
Get Directions: MSP Airport, 4300 Glumack Drive St. Paul, MN 55111
RSVP: Please contact Clayton Leith (clayton.leith@gmail.com) if interested in helping.


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