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Technology & Transportation

“During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.” ~Bernard M. Baruch

Central Arizona Project (CAP)
CAP offers facility tours, presentations, and education programs. Tours of its headquarters are conducted throughout the year to the public free of charge. These tours provide a general overview of CAP as well as technical operational information to groups with special requests. Speakers are also available to present information about CAP to local and state groups. They can tailor their presentations to meet your special program or group needs. The trained speakers provide valuable information about water concerns in Arizona and how CAP is addressing those issues. They can also distribute informational packets about CAP upon your request. The speakers will travel to your location and are available any day or time. For more information or to schedule a tour or presentation, click here.

City of Phoenix Sanitation Dept. (Phoenix)
View the solid waste area, learn what happens to trash once it is picked up, composting area, water conservation, mulching, recycling sorting facility, all kinds of machinery, will receive activity books as well as a video for your group (if available). 27th Ave./Lower Buckeye Rd. (go to dead end, go past weighing scale, go right up hill to parking lot, meet at bridge) Contact person: Jeff – 602-495-7678 Minimum of 20, maximum of 100 people; kindergarten & up; free.

City of Phoenix Recycling (Phoenix)
Educational opportunities for City of Phoenix residents regarding recycling are provided by Recycling Contracts and Education staff. If you would like to reserve a free speaker on recycling or other solid waste issues for your own group or if you would like to schedule a tour of the North Gateway Transfer Station or the 27th Ave. Solid Waste Management Facility and their recycling Material Recovery Facilities, call 602-534-7098. Meetings/tours last approximately one hour. For information on a presentation or appearance, call 602-534-7098. When recyclables are picked up from your house they go to several processing facilities. There they are sorted by material through the use of high technology processing equipment. They are prepared for markets and shipped to various paper mills and plastic, glass or aluminum plants around the region. For a virtual tour of Phoenix’s most modern processing facility, visit http://phoenix.gov/PUBLICWORKS/pwdmedia.html.

Davis-Monthan’s Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center Facility (Tucson)
The Famed Airplane Graveyard / Bone Yard at Davis Monthan Airforce base in Tucson is not just a fence around piles of out-dated scrap metal. Millions of dollars of surplus parts are salvaged to keep other active aircraft flying. You can think of this place as a huge warehouse for all types of spare parts which saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year. The Pima Air & Space Museum offers tours of Davis-Monthan’s AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) Facility. Advance reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating. To make a tour reservation, please call the reservation desk at (520) 618-4806. The tour bus boards at the Museum entrance. Due to increased security concerns, one small carry-on item is allowed per passenger. Carry-on items may include a small camera, purse, or fanny/belt sack. Photo identification is required for everyone 16 years and over. Located at 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson.

Deer Valley Airport (Phoenix)

Karsten Manufacturing (Phoenix)
Founded by PING golf club inventor Karsten Solheim more than 50 years ago, the Phoenix-based family-owned company prides itself on closely controlling the entire golf club manufacturing process. PING offers free factory tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am, by reservation only. These tours fill up very quickly, so please be sure to call well in advance. You can call 1-800-474-6434 to make a reservation, at least 1-2 months in advance. Located at 2201 W. Desert Cove Ave., Phoenix AZ.

RotorWay International (Chandler)
See how a helicopter is made! Come to the factory and take a guided tour. RotorWay is the world’s oldest and largest kit helicopter company. To schedule your factory tour, call 480-961-1001. (Tours are by appointment only. Open weekdays from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.) Located at 4140 W. Mercury Way, Chandler AZ 85226.

Scottsdale Airport (Scottsdale)
Scottsdale Airport has a community outreach program specifically designed to answer questions for your community organization, business association, or school group – whether it’s a quick 10-minute presentation or your group has an hour’s worth of questions. It’s easy to schedule a speaker.  You can call, email, or write to make arrangements. For more information or to schedule a meeting, click here. Tours for children are also available seasonally from October 15 through May 15. The “Kid Tours” offer an interactive experience for groups of 6 or more children ages 5 and up! Get up-close and personal with a tour of the airport!

Sky Harbor Airport (Phoenix)

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