Fly-in raises aviation awareness and promotes local airport


The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) held a fly-in at the Macon County Airport this past Saturday. More than 300 attended the fly-in. The local chapter of the EAA hosted this first major event since forming late last year. The event was for the purpose of aviation awareness and youth aviation education. Three of the member pilots gave more than 15 introductory EAA Young Eagles flights, which include a component of ground school and fundamentals before the child is taken for their flight. This program is open to children ages 8-17, and the plan is to continue this on a monthly basis.

This past July, actor Harrison Ford gave the 2,000,000th Young Eagle flight at the EAA Airventure Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisc.

“This is a tremendous program with unlimited potential,” said Rob Bruner, EAA member. “We are honored to be a small part of this national program.  Our fly-in was also intended to raise awareness of Macon County Airport and its importance to the economy of Macon County. We hope that by opening up the field for folks to explore aviation, we can inspire potential aviators while showing folks firsthand just how important our airport is to commerce and how it benefits us all.”

Being an old fashioned EAA fly in, other chapters over a 200-mile radius were invited to “fly in” and visit a while. The weather was marginal, but 25 aircraft from other areas joined the fly-in.

“We look forward to next year, and other opportunities to share aviation with our community and to support our vital local aviation.  A mile of road can take you a mile, a mile of runway can take you anywhere,” said Bruner.