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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Storm update #3

Correction: The National Weather Service had reported a building collapse that trapped 70 people at the airport, but that report was false.

And an update from SUN 'n FUN officials: We're still sorting things out, but here's what we do know. 1. No major injuries reported, 2. Crews are now starting on clean-up, 3. We are planning to be open for business in the morning. Still no power or Internet, so bear with us as we get these updates out as we can.

Storm update--Possible tornado/severe storm batters SUN 'n FUN

Less than an hour after my last post, a possible tornado touched down at SUN 'n FUN, causing much damage and cancelled the show for the rest of the day. Thankfully, everyone on the DOAV show crew is OK as well as the Virginia is For Flying Lovers trailer.

Here is report from AV Web: A sudden storm took visitors to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In by surprise Thursday morning, when an unexpected tornado did millions of dollars worth of damage. The roof of a youth activity center on the Sun 'n Fun campus has collapsed; early reports indicate as many as 70 people may be trapped inside, and rescue efforts are currently underway. AVweb staffers are currently working to ascertain the nature and extent of the devastation.

From Bay News 9: A hangar has reportedly collapsed at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, where Sun n' Fun is taking place. Police said strong winds blew through at noon, causing a large tent to collapse with several people under it.Those people were treated for minor injuries. Rescue crews searched for more people, but no one was injured.Police said the damage is extensive, with flipped planes, tents torn apart and trees that landed on recreational vehicles.One plane even landed in a pond, police said.
All events at Sun 'N Fun are canceled for the day.

It looks like another round of severe weather is headed to the area through 8 p.m. tonight.

Please check the blog for updates as they become available.

A stormy time at SUN 'n FUN

I guess this is payback for all the gloating the DOAV show crew has done to our friends and family about how nice the weather is down here, while Virginia is dealing with cold rain.  We woke up to a very stormy morning in Zephyrhills, and the another batch of heavy storms is headed for SUN 'n FUN this afternoon. Many of today's activities are pending like the Splash In, but the Blue Angels are still scheduled to arrive this afternoon. Today might be a good day to check out some of the show forums inside. The good news is that the weather will clear up tomorrow for a beautiful weekend!

We'd like to thank everyone who has stopped by the Virginia is For Flying Lovers trailer so far! We've had many Virginia pilots from Roanoke to Leesburg to Norfolk stop by and say hello! We've had many folks stop by to tell us how much they enjoy visiting our beautiful state and flying into our friendly airports. We've also had people stop by to tell us how they wished their home state was as aviation-friendly as Virginia is! It's times like this we are very proud to be representing Virginia and its aviation industry!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 1 at SUN 'n FUN

The Virginia is for Flying Lovers trailer is open for business at SUN 'n FUN! If you're lucky enough to be at the show, come by and see us! We're in space N-38. And yes, we have peanuts!

Yesterday's rain and stormy weather has thankfully departed, leaving a few clouds and warm temps.

New to SUN'n FUN this year is the new Central Florida Aerospace Academy Building. Officials from the show, Florida Air Museum (FAM), Polk County School Board (PCSB) and their “partners in education” cut the ceremonial ribbon today on the new $7.5 million, state-of-the-art building which is now the new home for an aviation-oriented high school/career academy already located on the SUN ’n FUN campus.

The new 58,000-square-foot facility, which will house up to 500 high school students at CFAA when it reaches full enrollment, broke ground during last year’s SUN ’n FUN Fly-In and began actual construction in August 2010. The CFAA, which was formerly housed in existing Florida Air Museum (FAM) facilities on the SUN ’n FUN campus, included a renovated building and several portable classrooms and was approaching its maximum capacity of 175 students.

The new CFAA building was made possible by a $7.5M grant to SUN ’n FUN from the Aviation Education Foundation, a Naples-based not-for-profit organization founded by James C. Ray. The Aviation Education Foundation donated additional funds to PCSB toward the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new CFAA building.

“It is my belief that teaching young people the discipline required to learn the science of flight builds character and confidence,” Ray said in regard to the new building and its curriculum. “The experience of solo flight teaches them that they are independent and free-thinking individuals who are fully capable of being in control of their own life. I hope this building serves as a launching pad for CFAA students to become more actively involved in aviation and, in doing so, build a pathway for successful careers and successful lives.”

Ray, a pilot with 70 years of flying experience, is a successful businessman with a background in ranching, oil and gas exploration, real estate development and investing. A B-17 “Flying Fortress” pilot and Major in World War II, Ray has provided start-up funding for more than 300 businesses, including aviation enterprises such as Eclipse Aviation and Cirrus Design.

The Aviation Education Foundation and Mr. Ray have a long history of philanthropy, especially to aviation-oriented youth education programs and institutions that, in addition to SUN ’n FUN, include the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wis., and EAA’s “Young Eagles” program; the University of North Dakota Aerospace programs; the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash.; and the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Everett, Wash.

“SUN ’n FUN is ecstatic to have such significant and inspirational support for an educational facility of this magnitude that underscores our organization’s core values and is in lock step with our educational focus and mission,” said SUN ’n FUN Board Chairman Bill Eickhoff. “We sincerely appreciate Mr. Ray’s generosity as much as we admire his vision for our nation’s young people and his commitment to building and supporting aviation-oriented youth education programs like those that we offer here at SUN ’n FUN and at the CFAA.”

Eickhoff recognized the efforts of the SUN ’n FUN team who helped coordinate details of the grant, including Board Treasurer Rick Garcia, Executive Committee member Gene Strickland, General Counsel John Wendel and President John Burton. He also expressed thanks to SUN ’n FUN’s “partners in education,” especially the PCSB, former Superintendent Dr. Gail McKinzie, current Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell, Senior Director of Workforce Education John Small, Assistant Principal of Kathleen High School and CFAA Headmaster Chad Smith, Kathleen High School Principal Cecil McClellan and administration and members of the CFAA staff.

Eickhoff also identified additional members of a consortium who have been working on CFAA-related issues since the idea for the CFAA was formulated three years ago by Small and Gulf Coast Avionics owner and President Rick Garcia, including the Florida Air Museum (FAM), Polk State College, University of South Florida Polytechnic, Central Florida Development Council, FAA Safety Team and Production Studios, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Traviss Career Center and Workforce Education.

Garcia said the creation and growth of the CFAA is the realization of a dream.

“I share Mr. Ray’s dream of giving young people the opportunity to experience flight in order to ignite the passion and confidence within each one of them to change their life,” he explained. “It is a dream come true for me and can come true for these students.”

PCSB Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell emphasized the many benefits of such partnerships and the advantages they offer for area students.

“We are excited to be part of bringing together private-public partnerships that enhance the educational experience for young people in Polk County,” Nickell said. “Satellite school programs like this provide high school students specialized training and experience in a host of life career fields. That experience – combined with the cooperation from Polk State College in providing dual enrollment and college credit for approved coursework – offers these students a significant advantage in an increasingly competitive academic environment.”

Small and CFAA Assistant Principal Chad Smith emphasized the educational advantages of the CFAA experience.

“We see improved student attendance and academic performance at the existing Academy,” Small explained. “Students who come to school here don’t want to leave at the end of the day!”

“This new building will enable us to triple our enrollment capacity,” Smith added. “It will also provide more students with an opportunity to learn the mathematics, physics and sciences of aviation in a stimulating environment.”

The former CFAA facilities, located on the SUN ’n FUN campus and operated by PCSB, were in their second year of operation and housed 130 high school sophomores and juniors. Within five years, PCSB estimates enrollment to grow to between 400 and 500 students. The former facilities could not accommodate this kind of growth so the need for a new facility became painfully apparent. With PCSB budgets being cut each of the past several years, funding for a new facility was not likely. The $7.5 million Aviation Education Foundation grant changed that.

SUN ’n FUN applied the donated funds toward the new CFAA building on land adjacent to the Florida Air Museum. SUN ’n FUN will lease the building, constructed to meet local and state requirements for educational facilities, to PCSB for 25 years. At the end of the initial 25-year period, the building will become the property of PCSB. PCSB can then lease the site for up to five additional five-year terms.

Ninety percent of the lease fees from PCSB to SUN ’n FUN will, in turn, support flight-related activities offered through the Florida Air Museum or third party providers that include ground school instruction, flight training and, ultimately, the experience of solo flight.

Beechwood Development, LLC, served as the Developer of the new CFAA building and Rodda Construction, Inc., was the General Contractor. Jonathon Kirk of SCMH Architects was the Architect/Designer.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Student starts aviation club at JMU

Came across this wonderful article today thanks to our friends at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (via twitter--@SHD_Airport). It's from James Madison University's newspaper The Breeze about a student who recently started an aviation club at the university. Thanks to writer Megan Martin and The Breeze staff for lettings us post this exciting news (and awesome aerial shot of JMU)!!

Somewhere over the skyline
By Megan Marton

On Friday, junior Daniel Parmelee took a two-hour flight over Harrisonburg. The media arts and design major has been an avid aviation enthusiast since he was 6 years old and has been flying planes for the last four years with the hopes of becoming a pilot. Parmelee regularly rents a Cessna Skyhawk so he can fly and accumulate the required hours to earn a commercial license.

After flying his first plane at 6 years old, junior Dan Parmelee was hooked. Though that first flight was only with a model plane, he knew one day he would fly a real one.

Parmelee, who earned his private pilot's license at 18, is joining the new flight interest group on campus, founded by Kelly McClure, a junior international relations major. The group is for students interested in flying planes or learning more about aviation. It is not yet an official organization.

Obtaining a private pilot's license is not an easy feat. Applicants must be 17 years old and log 40 flight training hours, which includes solo and accompanied cross-country flights, night flights and practicing different takeoffs and landings. They must also pass two exams: a written Federal Aviation Administration exam and a flight exam called a "check ride."

"I've always wanted to fly," Parmelee said Friday as he cruising at an altitude of 1,000 feet above Harrisonburg in a 2002 Cessna Skyhawk plane. "Maybe not specifically for an airline though. I just want a career that allows me to fly."

Flying has been an important part of Parmelee's family passed on from his grandfather.

Parmelee said his grandfather, Dave MacFiggen, started flying at 16 "just for fun" before serving in the Navy in World War II and the Air Force in the Korean War. His grandfather flew for hire and taught people how to fly, including Parmelee's mother and his uncle, who both flew for American Airlines and now fly private corporate flights.

Parmelee also has a flight instructor's license, which certifies him to teach flying in light sport aircrafts, which have a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds. He also earned his instrument rating, which means he met the qualifications that a pilot must have to fly under Instrument Flight Rules.

"I'm working toward completing 1,500 flight hours so that I can apply for my airline transport pilot license," Parmelee said. "After I finish that, I will be able to carry cargo and passengers, work as a flight instructor or enter the military as a pilot."

Like Parmelee, McClure received her private pilot's license last summer and wanted to find other students who were interested in flying at JMU.

Also like Parmelee, flying is a family tradition for McClure.

"My dad has been a flight instructor for years so I have always had aviation in my life," McClure said. "I interned in London last year with the Royal Aeronautical Society as an editorial assistant and got to write my own article about business jets. That got me more interested in aviation and bringing it to JMU."

Sophomore Pablo Moulden, an international affairs major, tried to start an aviation club at JMU in 2009, but it soon fell apart. After attending a flight program in Georgia last summer, he wanted to find other students who were passionate about flying too.

"When I came back to school, I just couldn't get the word out to enough students or find a faculty adviser," Moulden said. "But I'm really excited about getting involved and helping to organize the club this time around."

McClure is focusing on finding a solid group of students.

On March 15, McClure sent a mass email to all JMU students to see if there were enough people interested in learning more about aviation and participating in a club on campus.

She got 40 responses within the first few days and then held the first interest meeting on March 21 in Warren Hall.

"I'm basically starting it from scratch myself," McClure said. "I went to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport a few weeks ago to get more information."

The goal of the interest meeting was to find out if students want to use the club as an educational tool or to just help with getting their private pilot licenses.

McClure said possible activities for club members could include trips to Shenandoah Regional Airport, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, talks with pilots and instructors and other flight-related activities.

Next fall, McClure plans to apply to become an officially recognized organization through the office of Student Activities and Involvement. This semester, she's focused on securing a faculty adviser and finding founding members.

"I hope the board will see that we're serious about making it a strong club with a good presence on campus in the future," McClure said.

Contact Megan Martin at marti2mm@dukes.jmu.edu.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We're off to Sun 'n Fun!

The DOAV show crew hits the road for sunny Florida on Friday with the Virginia is for Flying Lovers trailer to exhibit at the 2011 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland! The show starts March 29 and ends April 3.

Check the blog for live updates from the trailer. And if you're attending, stop by and say hello! Tell 'em the blog sent you!

For more information on the show, exhibitors and schedules, visit http://www.sun-n-fun.org/.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Arlingtonian Named ‘Pilot of the Year’ for Volunteer Work

From the Sun Gazette:

Dale Shymkewich of Arlington has been named “Virginia’s Pilot of the Year” and pilot of the year for the region by Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, a non-profit organization that uses the services of volunteer pilots to provide free flights for patients who need care at distant, specialized medical facilities.

He will be honored at a banquet in Virginia Beach in April.

Shymkewich recently retired as a communications officer in the U.S. Air Force. Although he did not fly for the military, in 1991 he earned his pilot’s license in an effort to better know his way around planes and aviation. In 2008, he began volunteering for Angel Flight.

“I enjoy doing it,” he said. “I like to fly my airplane, but this is flying doing something worthwhile, instead of just flying because I can. It obviously helps people out tremendously.”

Shymkewich made it a goal to fly for Angel Flight at least every other week, but has long since surpassed that. He flew 60 missions in 2010.

“Every mission is memorable, every mission is unique,” he said.

Angel Flight serves patients with medical conditions ranging from cancer and burns to rare diseases. With more than 500 volunteer pilots, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic averaged 125 flights per month in 2010.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Leesburg Executive Airport Dedicates New Instrument Landing System

On Monday, Town of Leesburg officials dedicated the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Leesburg Executive Airport. Funding for the Instrument Landing System, which became operational on March 10, 2011, was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, through the efforts of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Congressman Wolf spoke at the dedication ceremony and highlighted the increased safety measures provided by the new system. He noted that it was following two aircraft accidents at the Leesburg Executive Airport in 2002 that the Town requested his assistance in obtaining the funding for new system.

The dedication ceremony began with a ceremonial “First Approach” flight, conducted by Bob Hepp of Aviation Adventures. Joining Mr. Hepp in the flight were Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Airport Commissioner Stanley Caulkins.

The Instrument Landing System has two components that provide both lateral and vertical guidance to pilots when landing in weather conditions such as fog, snow or low clouds that result in reduced visibility. The first component, a Localizer antenna that provides runway centerline guidance, was commissioned in April 2008. Installation of the second component, the Glide Slope and DME (distance measuring equipment) antenna array which provide vertical guidance, was completed in December 2010. Having precision approach equipment installed at the Leesburg Executive Airport not only provides an additional margin of safety in general, but also will allow the airport to attract more corporate aircraft.

At the dedication ceremony, Dennis Boykin, chair of the Leesburg Airport Commission, presented plaques to four individuals who have, over the years, been strong supporters of the airport and were instrumental in its development and in securing the funding for the ILS. In honor of their contributions, four of the intersections that are part of the new ILS approach at Leesburg Executive Airport were renamed for them. These approach intersections are DROBB, named for Don Robb, owner of AvEd Flight School; PEARC, named for Dave Pearce, the long-time FAA designated examiner at the Leesburg Executive Airport; CAULK, named for Stanley Caulkins, who has been involved with the Leesburg Executive Airport since its opening in 1964; and DANMO, named for the late Dan Moats, former Airport Commissioner who passed away in 2004. His wife, Peggy Moats, and daughters Kristin and Heidi, were on hand to receive Dan’s plaque. Each plaque featured a copy of the approach plate with the intersections highlighted (pictured at right).

“The Town of Leesburg is very grateful for the support we have received from Congressman Wolf,” said Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. “The new Instrument Landing System makes Leesburg Executive Airport safer not just for the pilots, but our citizens as well.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New American Airlines Service at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will fly two daily round-trip flights between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport in Virginia, beginning June 9. The new service will be operated with 44-seat Embraer jets.

“We’re delighted to serve the Charlottesville area from our cornerstone hub in Chicago,” said Gary Foss, Vice President - Planning and Marketing for American’s regional network. “Now, it will be easier for Charlottesville residents to access the United States and the world through American’s gateway at O’Hare International Airport. Likewise, the Chicago connection will make Charlottesville’s many historic sites - and the University of Virginia - easily accessible to the world through one of American’s largest hubs, offering convenient connections throughout the oneworld® global network.”

“The announcement that American Eagle Airlines will now be adding jet service from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, is very exciting news for Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding areas,” said Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA). “Not only will the additional flights bring added convenience and service for residents and businesses, but it will also promote important economic development for the entire region. I welcome American Eagle to the 5th District of Virginia.”

“This new daily American Airlines jet service to Chicago offers the Central Virginia region direct access to the third busiest airport in the world,” stated William Kehoe, Chairman of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority Board of Directors. “Their decision to invest in the future of our community will provide a significant opportunity not felt by many cities in today’s economy and I am confident they will be delighted by the results of this new partnership.”

First flight begins June 10. For a schedule, visit http://www.gocho.com/airport/news/new-american-airlines-service-at-charlottesville-albemarle-airport/

See a 1911 Curtiss Pusher Aircraft this weekend

A 1911 Curtiss Pusher Aircraft is scheduled to fly into Williamsburg - Jmestown Airport (Weather permitting) on the Saturday, March 19. ETA: 9 A.M.

The event is free and open to the public.

A 1911 Curtis Pusher was the first aircraft to ever launch and recover aboard a ship 100 years ago. The first launch occured in Norfolk, Va. The First recovery aboard a ship occured on the west coast.

The aircraft will be at KJGG approximately 4 hours. The event is sponsored by the Williamsburg - Jamestown Airport and the local Chapter of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society. Bob Coolbaugh is the owner of the plane and will give a presentation on the history of the Pusher and its historical event.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Virginia Museum of Transportation announces upcoming “Wings Over Virginia” Reception and Luncheon

The Virginia Museum of Transportation announces a special “Wings Over Virginia” reception and luncheon at the Museum on March 23 featuring Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN-Ret, president of the Military Officers Association of America, and Robert Reed, curator of the Piedmont Aviation Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s new “Wings Over Virginia” aviation gallery which will recognize Virginia's military and civilian aviators. The reception begins at 11am and the luncheon begins at noon.

Tickets for the luncheon are $40 for a single ticket or $400 for a reserved table of eight. Tickets which include both the luncheon and reception are $250/Friend (admits up to three people); $500/Patron (admits four); and $1,000/Sponsor (admits up to eight). Seating is limited, and reservations are required by March 21. Buy tickets or make a donation online at http://www.vmt.org/, or by calling Joan Baker Washburn at 540-293-1310.

The Museum previously housed an aviation gallery which was destroyed by an intense storm that blew the roof off the building in 2006. Initial funding from the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County enabled the Museum to renovate the gallery space. Exhibit plans based on extensive public input are moving forward, focusing on the inspirational stories of Virginia’s pilots and aviation innovators, particularly those from this region. The gallery will also include exhibits on aviation technology and the science of flight.

“We are excited about the leadership in this community and across Virginia who are helping us form our new aviation gallery,” said Donald F. Moser, who is both a pilot and the Museum’s Deputy Director. “After more than a year of planning, the gallery’s design is beginning to capture the thrill of flight and the amazing stories of Virginia’s pilots. To fly represents a dream shared by so many of our visitors—and by visitors of all ages.”

About the Virginia Museum of Transportation

Home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives in existence today—the N&W Class A 1218 and the N&W Class J 611—the Virginia Museum of Transportation regularly attracts visitors of all ages from across the U.S. and around the world. Through exhibits, artifacts, and an outstanding collection of rail equipment, cars, trucks, airplanes, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of Virginia’s transportation history.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Official Transportation Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but receives no state funding. In 2010, the Museum was named Non-Profit Arts & Culture Small Business of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Museum is located in the historic N&W Freight Station at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 540/342.5670. http://www.vmt.org/

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Aviation events shaping up for spring

It's that time of year again! The days are getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer, and the aviation events calendar is already starting to fill up! Below is a list of events that are coming up in the near future. Shows with a * next to it mean the DOAV Virginia is for Flying Lovers trailer will be there.

March 19
IA & A&P Training Seminar will be held in the Virginia Department of Aviation hangar on Richmond International Airport beginning at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the FAA Richmond Flight Standards District Office.

March 29-April 3
Sun 'N Fun will take place in Lakeland, Florida.*

April 9
Annual Spring Party and Fundraising Auction, held by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 5:30–9:00 p.m. at the Virginia Aviation Museum.

April 23
Fly In of WW II Aircraft (Gathering of WWII Primary Trainer Aircraft) at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport
For more information contact: Charley Rogers at 757-229-9256.

April 30-May 1
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight in Suffolk. *

April 30
Royal Wedding Reception will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

May 7
The Flying Proms Symphonic Airshow Spectacular with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

May 14
4th Annual Fly-In/Drive-In. Come join EAA Chapter 1442 for their 4th Annual Fly-In/Drive-In at William M. Tuck Airport (W78) in South Boston. All types of aircraft, antique cars, motorcycles, and radio controlled aircraft will be on display. Food will be available. Free Admission. Activities take place from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Larry Collie at ldcollie@verizon.net .

May 14-15
AirPower Over Hampton Roads - 2011 Langley Air Show will take place in Hampton, Virginia.

May 20-22
Warbirds Over the Beach Airshow will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

May 21-22
Lynchburg Regional Airshow, starring the "Flying Circus" will take place at the Lynchburg Regional Airport beginning at 9:00 a.m. For more information contact John Dudley Barksdale at (434) 942-2323 or jdbarksdale@lynchburgairshow.com or visit http://www.lynchburgairshow.com/.*

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Orange County Airport Terminal to open in May

Orange County is pleased to announce a celebration to mark the opening of their new Airport Terminal. On Saturday, May 14, a celebration for all ages will be held to mark the grand opening of the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. A dedication ceremony will be conducted earlier in the morning with state and local dignitaries officially cutting the ribbon to the new terminal with scissors that will be delivered from the sky by Skydive Orange.

The day’s activities for the family will feature displays of vintage aircraft; 40s-style swing dancers; face painting; a magician; wine tastings; and tours of the new terminal. Concession stands will be set up to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts. The sky is truly the limit as guests may purchase flights to take tours above scenic Orange County. Festivities are open to the public Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Construction of the 5,800 square foot terminal began in September 2008 as part of the county’s initiative to build an attractive, multi-purpose facility to serve as a focal point for greeting the aviation community, citizens of Orange, potential new businesses and visitors, and to attract increased commercial as well as private aviation. Some amenities of the new terminal include a passenger lounge, a pilot’s lounge, a conference room, a tourism kiosk, and high-tech flight planning room.

The Orange County Airport is a general aviation airport with a runway length of 3,200 feet. It accommodates turboprop and propeller driven aircraft of 12,500 pounds or less and is equipped with an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS-III) providing pilots with real-time weather data to promote safe operations.

For more information about this event or utilizing the airport, please contact E. M. “Buzz” Jarrell at (540) 672-2158.