The Booneville Municipal Airport will be hosting a fly-in on Saturday, July 16.
The fly-in is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1156, which is based on a grass airstrip just north of Booneville at Etna.
The EAA is a national organization that promotes aviation-related activities relating to homebuilt and experimental airplanes, certified airplanes, and increasing public awareness of the joys of aviation through free Young Eagle and Eagle flights at local airports around the country.
The Booneville fly-in will have free Young Eagle flights for youths aged 7-17 and free Eagle flights for the older generation from 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Young Eagles must have a parent or guardian on site and all must sign a release before the flight takes place.
“Last year volunteer pilots gave more than 30 youths their first airplane ride. All rides are free. This year’s event will be bigger than before,” said Booneville Airport Commission Chairman Mike Wyrick.
During the break from 10 to 11 a.m. there will be a spot landing contest, with awards going to the top three pilots to land closest to the marked spot on the runway.
Experimental, light sport, and certified airplanes will be on display for the public to see and touch, and the AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter is scheduled to fly in and be on display if they are not out on a lifesaving mission. Food and drinks will be available for a small donation.
“We would love for everyone to come out to the airport on Saturday for food, fun, and flying,” remarked David Zirbel, the president of EAA Chapter 1156. “Many citizens are not aware of the vital roles that small airports provide to the local economies. The Booneville Airport has been used by Angel Flight and the AirEvac Lifeteam for medical emergencies, by the Forest Service in fire-fighting, and as a way station for folks flying across the country, to name a few. We appreciate all the support provided by the Booneville Airport not just to local flying enthusiasts, but to these and other organizations. This Saturday our local pilots are looking forward to showing our support for the Booneville Airport and sharing our passion for aviation, particularly giving free flights to kids- hopefully sparking a lifelong interest in flying.”
Information will also be available for prospective EAA members. The website for the association is: www.1156.eaachapter.org.
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