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Ford Airport Day Saturday

September 12, 2011
By THERESA PETERSON - Staff Writer , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 439 and Ford Airport will host the 10th Ford Airport Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme for 2011, "The year of the Builder", will feature restored or homebuilt airplanes that are the hand work of local builders, and are currently still in the project status or are completed and flying.

The Year of the Builder should be a very interesting and fun program," said EAA President Tom Sullivan. "We will have several projects on display in various stages of 'build' or 'restoration', as well as many finished planes."

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Mike Betti’s Murphy Aircraft Ltd. Elite experimental airplane will be among the home-built aircraft featured at the 10th Ford Airport Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.

"There will be a fly-over of many of the homebuilt and restored airplanes in the early afternoon, with the show announcer providing details about the plane, the owner and construction details," Sullivan said.

"There will also be a What it Takes to Learn to Fly Seminar, and three different short builders seminars for the different types of airplane construction; composite, fabric and metal construction," he said.

"Our group's goal is to bring to life and share with the general public what is involved in building an airplane," said Mike Betti of Iron Mountain.

The Snoopy Simulator returns for the kids to take flight, in battle with the Red Baron.

The pedal planes will be back for the younger children, too, Sullivan said.

Young Eagle Flights will take place all day, starting at 8 a.m.

Children between 8-17 are eligible for these free introduction to aviation flights.

In the event of a backlog of

Young Eagle Flights, first-time participants will be given priority for the flights. Adults can find a ride during the event for a nominal fee as well.

Other attractions include multiple aviation vendors in the main hangar and a custom car show on the ramp.

Cars are encouraged to come between 10 a.m. and noon.

The driver and one passenger will get free admission to the event.

Trophies for will be awarded at 3 p.m.

A pancake breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage being the main menu items.

Lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats and fresh French fries available.

Admission to the event is $3 per person, with a maximum family cost of $10.

Theresa Peterson's e-mail address is tpeterson@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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