New Castle News

August 23, 2013

Airport readies for annual event

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The scenery surrounding the New Castle Airport is spectacular.

That’s why it’s such a perfect venue for the annual fly-in/car cruise-in. The event is Aug. 24 with a rain date of Aug. 25.

In past years, visitors have watched as planes land on the runway, and have seen vintage and classic automobiles.

The family-oriented event is sponsored by EAA Chapter 117, Rapid Tappets and PORKS remote control model clubs. The event is free and parking is free.

There will also be an airplane show, picnic and corn roast, and remote control model demo flights. New this year are helicopter rides at $25 per person.

Tom Jones, Chapter 117 member, said, “This promises to be a fun day event for the entire family.”

And he has advice for those who really want to make the most of the experience.

“As a tip, a good time to arrive is around 10:30 a.m. as the runway will be active with arriving airplanes and show cars.”

Jones pointed out there will be many interesting displays, and visitors may walk the flight line to get a close-up view of a wide variety of exciting flying machines and talk to the owners and builders of these performance machines. Those include bi-planes, experimental, aerobatic, vintage, ultra light and war birds.

“The airplanes, custom cars and flying models are precision mechanical works of art whose builders are craftsman who have dedicated thousands of skilled hours in their creations.”

According to Jones, Flightjunkies.com will exhibit a powered paraglider and demo flight wind permitting and no pilot license is required for these open air fun flyers.

PORKS RC will be giving flight demonstrations and a model vendor will be on site.

The food concession opens at about 11:30 a.m. featuring sausage sandwich, steak burgers, corn and other summer favorites.

The Civil Air Patrol will have an information booth during the event.

Its cadet program is unique because it uses aviation as a cornerstone, Jones said.

“Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program.”

There will also be a free raffle for ages 8 and up for an airplane flight. Winning tickets will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. and you must be present to win as the flight is at 4 p.m.

“The New Castle airport is an excellent venue offering generous parking for airplanes, cars and general public and we have to thank Haski Aviation and the New Castle Airport Authority who without their support this event would not be possible,” Jones said.

He also thanked the Civil Air Patrol Cadets who volunteer their time and work tirelessly parking cars and help to make the event a safe one.

“We like to promote flying as a recreational event you can get involved in just as you would boating, motorcycling or car building,” Jones explained. “I believe most people think flying their own airplane is out of reach or not an obtainable goal, but you can learn to fly and the EAA and Haski Aviation who have a flight training center at this airport can help you obtain your dream of flight.”

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com.)