Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 16, 2013

Fly-in to help with awareness of airport

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

ATHENS — Mark your calendar for June 1. Athens will be busy with the Old Fiddlers Reunion and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events.

To make the day complete, the Athens Municipal Airport will be hosting a “Fly-in” on  Saturday, June 1.  According to organizer Charles Tidmore, the event will give the local community a better awareness and appreciation of the Athens Airport.

The visiting aviation community will include many who will be seeing Athens for the first time.

“This is not an air show,” Tidmore said.

The event is to showcase the airport and airplanes from other cities.

Tidmore says the Fly-in is an event to which the public has the same access to the airport as they always have, at no admission cost, for the purpose of seeing the airport operate.

What will make the day more unusual will be the increased amount of landings and takeoffs of local and out-of-town planes. There will be planes parked for public viewing.

Among the planes at the airport will be  general aviation aircraft used for personal or recreational and business purposes. New and antique restorations of hand-built and production aircraft, showing unique designs and paint schemes similar to an antique car show will be available for viewing.

“We hope to see a variety of aircraft come to Athens first Fly-in,” said Tidmore.

The Athens Public Education Foundation will be on-hand to operate concession booths for food and drinks. Tidmore said the plan is to have hot-air balloon rides, and have classic car club members show their cars, along with other vendors.

The organizers plan on presenting certificates to the oldest pilot, oldest plane, youngest pilot and longest flight to the event.

“Hopefully some child will take an interest in aviation, and pursue a career in the avionics field,” Tidmore said.

The airport will host the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.