April 25, 2013
[caption id="attachment_19093" align="alignnone" width="495"] [/media-credit] Planes are parked at the Delaware Municipal Airport last Saturday, April 20. Things will be considerably busier on Sept. 7, when the Airport holds a free “Aviation Day.” (GAZETTE | GARY BUDZAK)
Aviation Day at the Delaware Municipal Airport is another step closer to takeoff, with a number of events either confirmed or in the works.
A flier listing the events was unveiled at the City of Delaware Airport Commission meeting this month.
The list includes free plane rides for children ages 8-17 (with parental permission); hot-air balloon rides; a B-25 bomber from Urbana; RedStar Formation; antique and military aircraft; 10TV News and MedFlight helicopters; home-built and experimental aircraft; custom car show; and food vendors.
Also planned are seminars for aviation experts and novices.
“Everything that is on that list is confirmed,” Kevin Piatt, Airport Operations supervisor, said at the meeting.
“The Young Eagles — that is free airplane rides for kids — is a for-sure thing. We still have several things that are in the works. We’re on track at this point. Things are coming together.”
YMCA District Vice President Paul Weber told the commission, “If you want to add any events to expand it more to draw more families, let us know. Whatever we can do to help you.”
“The sheriff, police and fire are all going to be there,” added commission member Joe DiGenova. “We’re hoping this year that’s it so exciting that we’ll do it next year, and have it as an annual event.”
At the City Council meeting on April 22, DiGenova said he’s hoping for an attendance of 3,000 to 5,000.
After the commission meeting, Piatt said the last time the city-owned airport held an air show was in 2008, and it was a two-day event. Due to the economy, he said it hasn’t been held since.
However, Piatt said City Council last year approved spending up to $5,000 for the Aviation Day.
“We decided to do a one-day event, with just static displays and a car show, so the public could come and get up close to things,” Piatt said. “If we are able to come up with some way to get airplane ride in a war-bird, we will.”
The day-long celebration of all things airborne is set for Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission and parking is free.
The airport will remain open despite the activities, Piatt said.
Aviation Day is presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 9, EAA Vintage Aircraft Chapter 27 and the City of Delaware.