Saturday, September 29, 2012

Windsor International Airport: First public open house a success!

George Mock, 87, watches as a Tiger Moth lands at Windsor International Airport, Saturday, September 29, 2012. The airport was holding an open house for the public. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Blue skies and mild fall temperatures made for the perfect day for the Windsor International Airport to host its first public open house Saturday. 

 Hundreds of people attended and airport CEO Federica Nazzani said she hopes to see it become an annual event.

“There’s so much interest in the airport and there’s so much that we have to offer. It’s not just the business of the airport, but it’s also the flight training, it’s the museum, it’s aircraft restoration and it’s what we do for veterans,” said Nazzani. “So this gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have.”

Nazzani said the idea to hold an open house came after the area’s annual air show was cancelled this year. She said although the event featured an air show component, the new hangar was also a highlight. She said she hopes the event will encourage young people in the community to consider a career in aviation.

Along with tours of different aircraft on display and of the new hangar, plane rides were also available to the public but quickly sold out, said Ron Holden, one of the event’s organizers. He said it was heartening to see such an interest from the community.

“We’re really pleased to show off our airport,” said Holden. “And it’s a free thing. There aren’t too many free things these days.”

Holden was in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 30 years and has flown every kind of aircraft in the Canadian military.

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