Thursday, August 22, 2013

Preview to Wings Over Waukesha Airshow: Waukesha County Airport (KUES), Wisconsin

WAUKESHA--- The Wings Over Waukesha Airshow opens to the public on Saturday, August 24th at 10:00am. Adult admission is $10 and child admission is $5.

For an additional cost, you can ride a B-17 bomber plane from World War II or a Ford TriMotor. Airshow guests can also talk to pilots, watch flight demonstrations, and listen to live music.

CBS58's Laura Rodriguez went for a ride inside the B-17 with two World War II veterans. They say today's flight was a trip down memory lane.

"Today was wonderful. I looked out at those propellers and all 4 of them were running," said Harvin Abrahamson.

"The hips are arthritic today, I could not lift myself up as I used to in the front there. And the cockpit is quite small, it seemed so easy when I was young, but it was difficult today," said Kenneth Rawling.

Organizers say there are plenty of activities for kids too.

"Our goal is to honor the veterans that kept us safe, but we also want to get the kids involved. It's always a good day when you hear a kid leaving say mom I wanna be a pilot when I grow up," said Kurt Stanich, President of Wings Over Waukesha.

Fundraiser flies into Fremont this weekend: Fremont Municipal Airport (KFET), Nebraska

 Patrons of the Fremont Rotary Club Fly-in Breakfast had the opportunity to view a variety of aircraft and have a pancake breakfast during a previous event at Fremont Municipal Airport.

An annual Rotary Club event, geared toward raising money for community youth activities, returns for another year this weekend. 

The Fremont Rotary Club will host the 2013 Fly-In Breakfast and Airport Open House from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at Fremont Municipal Airport.

Breakfast will feature The Pancake Man and pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. Tickets may be purchased from any Rotarian for $5 in advance or by calling 402-721-7910; tickets are $6 the day of the event. Admission for pilots is free.

Sherry Leriger, Fremont Rotary Club president, said pilots will be flying into Fremont throughout the morning, many of them coming from as far as South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas. Leriger said pilot activity during the event is usually more concentrated in the morning, but the pilots stick around to show their planes to children and provide a photo opportunity.

Leriger said the event is one of the two big fundraisers the club has each year, and money raised is used when the Rotary Club gets donation requests from various organizations.

“It’s a huge piece of our money that we raise to turn around and try to give back,” Leriger said. “I think Fremont Rotary is becoming more recognized and branded in Fremont, so more people are coming to us for help.”

“We want to help as much as we can,” she added. “We want that recognition and we want people to come to us for help so that we can give back. That’s our whole thing — service.”

Leriger said the club hopes to attract about 600 to 700 people to the event.

Airshow will be first ever in Hillsdale: Hillsdale Municipal Airport (KJYM), Michigan

Pilots will display their airplanes Saturday prior to the airshow at 1 p.m.

HILLSDALE — Acrobatics, close formation flying, barrel rolls and the roar of heavy engines will tear through the air above Hillsdale Aero Saturday.

 Hillsdale County’s first ever airshow will be a fundraising opportunity for Crossroads Farm at the Hillsdale Municipal Airport off State Road.

“Crossroads Farm is always searching for new ways to share our crucial ministry while encouraging participation,” Director Doug Routledge said.

The event begins with a 10 a.m. brunch and a program filled with comedy, music and a chance for families to understand the ministry that has impacted thousands of teenagers. Registration for the brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. with the opportunity to peruse the parked planes and visit with pilots. The airshow, named Defying Gravity, will begin at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to last an hour, featuring World War II bombers and other planes performing a variety of maneuvers.

The cost of the brunch and airshow is $20 with children 5 and under entering free. There are only 350 spots available for the reservation only brunch and with families being invited, Routledge said these are going fast, but are still available by calling the office at 517- 283-2982. Since the event will be catered, a count will need to be turned in as soon as possible, he said.

The purpose of this morning meal is to laugh, engage and hope for the possibilities of Crossroads Farm, Routledge said.

“Over the last 15 years, Crossroads Farm has defied gravity of sorts by providing social, spiritual, relational and intellectual opportunities to students living in rural America,” he said.

The host for the morning’s program is nationally recognized host of “Celebrate Your Marriage,” Jay Laffoon.

“He has been a friend of Crossroads Farm for all of its 15 years,” Routledge said, noting people will leave breakfast being entertained, well-fed and encouraged by the ministry.”

For those unable to come to the brunch, gates to the public open at 10:30 a.m. Ticket cost is $5 per person. Due to FAA regulations, the airport entry road will close before the airshow begins, so Routledge suggests coming early.

Airport Manager James Scheibner said traffic will be diverted to another entrance once the road is closed and ample parking will be available in several of the mown grass fields near the terminal building. Food vendors will be on site for lunch during the show as well. Preparations for fencing began Monday morning with crews setting up safety areas in compliance with FAA requirements.

Scheibner said the show is significant in that it’s the first area show since the late 1970s, when a few maneuvers were done during normal fly-ins.

“We’re very fortunate that Crossroads brought this to the community,” Scheibner said. “These are not amateurs - in normal venues it would cost a fortune, but they are doing it for Crossroads and the community.”

Routledge said the family event is destined to make history with several nationally recognized names in stunt flying circles, from shows like Wings Over Houston and Thunder Over Michigan.

“This opportunity came from knowing one of the pilots, Al Schiffer, who knows about the ministry and it’s mission, thus facilitating a show with other pilots whose busy schedules were made available to make this happen,” Routledge said.

Like many rural areas, Routledge said Hillsdale County has many unique challenges for teens and these challenges are something Al Shiffer and his wife, Kathy, have on their hearts.

Schiffer said the ministry is indeed an important one to the kids and people of Hillsdale County and he is looking forward to the event with the forecast calling for great weather.

“We’ll have about a dozen pilots there with everybody volunteering their time, airplanes, fuel and talents,” Schiffer said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Organizers anticipate attracting thousands to the airport. Though the event has had hurdles to overcome, Routledge said that’s the case with any new event with new ground to cover.

“We hope many will plan on joining us as we make Hillsdale County history while making a difference in the lives of rural students,” Routledge said. “It will be a fantastic event and an opportunity for the community to get to know Crossroads.”


Vero Beach Air Show looking for volunteers: Vero Beach Municipal Airport (KVRB), Florida

VERO BEACH — It’s been a long time since Vero Beach has hosted an air show, but that will all change on Oct. 5-6 when the sky over Vero Beach Municipal Airport will be alive with high flying aerobatics, daredevil stunt pilots, pyrotechnics and more.

The Vero Beach, Indian River and Treasure Coast Exchange Club Chapters, along with the Veterans Council of IRC have collaborated for the past two years to revive the air show and bring it back to Vero Beach. Proceeds will benefit the Exchange Clubs' fight in the prevention of child abuse and provide assistance to local veterans.

For a more up close and intimate experience join the team and become a volunteer. On-line applications can be found on the Volunteer tab at A volunteer meeting will be held Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport at 3400 Cherokee Drive.


Aberdeen Air Show planned: Aberdeen Regional Airport (KABR), South Dakota

Four T-6 Navy training planes will visit Aberdeen. 
(Courtesy photo / August 21, 2013)

Four T-6 Navy training planes, the Vanguard Squadron of Tea and Wisconsin aerobatic flyer Darrel Massman will fill the skies over Aberdeen Sunday.

The Aberdeen Air Show takes place at Aberdeen Regional Airport. Admission is free.

The T-6 planes are part of the T-6 Thunder organization in Minneapolis. One of the planes is owned by Dr. John Bormes of Aberdeen.

The Vanguard Squadron will bring three to five planes to Aberdeen. The ethanol-powered aircraft are sponsored by POET.

Massman, who lives in Ogdensburg, Wis., is one of four aerial performers in his troupe.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. The gates open at 9 a.m., with the show starting at 10 a.m. It will conclude in the mid-afternoon.

 In addition to the aerial attractions, static displays on the ground include Avera St. Luke's CareFlight helicopter and Sanford’s fixed wing air ambulance. Other aircraft and food vendors will be on hand.


Coles County airshow nears: Coles County Memorial Airport (KMTO), Mattoon/Charleston, Illinois

File Photo/The Daily Eastern News
Photo:   Susan Dacy, of Harvard, Ill., looks back at the crowd as she makes her way down the runway before performing with her biplane, Big Red, during the first performance of the 2012 Coles County County Air Show at the Coles County Memorial Airport.

Organizers for the Coles County Air Show are set to race a 300 mph school bus against a Stearman aircraft during the show Saturday.

Andrew Fearn, manager for the Coles County Memorial Airport, said the school bus is equipped with a jet engine, which allows it to achieve the speed it does.

He said the race will serve as the show’s grand finale and will be saved as the last spectacle. The show will start at noon and go to 3 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Admission for the show is free, and will include performances by professional pilots such as Clyde Zellers in a Navy SNJ, Vlado Lenoch in a P-51 Mustang, Cliff Robison with a Stearman and Paul Stender with a 300 MPH Jet School Bus. Fearn said there will also be a jet-powered version of Snoopy’s doghouse.

He said the performances will be spaced out throughout the day.

“We can’t fly them altogether at one time,” Fearn said. “That’s a little chaotic.”

Attendees at the show will also get the chance to ride in some of the aircraft including a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a Navy SNJ and a helicopter.

Other attractions include food vendors, monster truck rides and a mechanical bull. Fearn said there will also be a children’s area with a bounce house and toy airplanes.

The show will also have several aircraft on display, including a T-6 Texan, a Douglas Skyraider, a TBM Avenger and a C45 Expeditor.


Erie Aviation Gala features planes, cars this weekend: Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field (KERI), Pennsylvania

Who needs Heidi Klum?

Erie International Airport will celebrate the end of its project runway this weekend with a free Aviation Gala Open House. The two-day event, presented by Erie Promotions and Expos Inc., will feature more than 25 planes, an antique car show, a hot-air ballon demonstration, a marketplace pavilion and "Rise Above," a traveling exhibit on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Children can also hang out at a Kid's Hangar with activities and mascots from Erie sports teams.

Don't think of this weekend's event as an air show; planes won't buzz overhead and perform spectacular stunts. But visitors can check out all sorts of vintage planes -- including military ones -- on the ground.

"The airport contacted (us) quite a few months ago and said we want to celebrate the reopening of Erie's runway," said Mark Concilla of Erie Promotions. "(They) wanted a community event that gives families and everyone a chance to come out and experience the airport."

They wanted a free event, too. Numerous sponsors came on board to help the event take off.

The centerpiece attraction: Wings Over Wheels, a combo plane and car show.

"We reached out to regional pilots from around the area to come and spend a day with their planes and have them on display. We got a great response of unique planes," Concilla said.

Three of the event's featured planes are from Michigan's Yankee Air Museum -- a B-17 Fortress, a C-47 Skytrain and a B-25 Mitchell. All three war birds were used extensively in military service.

A C-123, dubbed Thunder Pig for its sheer size, will be on display. It was the only aircraft to serve the U.S. Air Force as a glider, prop and turboprop craft, according to Air Heritage Inc., which saved the plane from scrap and restored it.

A Corsair, which could land on aircraft carriers and fold its wings, is coming, along with several Titans. Visitors can tour the planes, and operators will offer merchandise.

"These aircrafts are all owned by historical organizations and their ultimate goal is to keep these planes flying. And the only way is to offer rides or sell products to support that," Concilla said.

At press time, just three seats remained available to ride in the B-17; the cost is $425.

Visitors can also check out the "Rise Above" exhibit, which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen -- a squadron of black pilots who fought during World War II. George Lucas' film "Red Tail" told that story in 2012. A Tuskegee P-51C Mustang will also be at the airport.

Concilla expects nearly 70 cars for the "wheels" part of the weekend; they'll compete for plaques and prizes in four categories. The oldest is a 1935 Chevy Street Rod.

Tad Bowen will visit with Muttley Crew -- dogs that catch Frisbee discs in midair, not dogs that listen to Vince Neil. The Kid's Hangar will feature activities organized by the Erie Otters, SeaWolves, BayHawks and Explosion. A National Guard rock wall will also be on site, along with a hot-air balloon and radio-controlled aircraft.

While airline food can be sketchy, Savor the Flavor should be different, with an array of choices that includes roasted almonds, jams, jellies, ice cream, kettle corn and more.

A ribbon-cutting and runway dedication ceremony with assorted dignitaries is Sunday at 2 p.m. The full runway opened July 3; just some repaving on the old runway remains of the $82 million project. Airport officials hope the extended runway, at 8,420 feet long, will attract new airlines and flight destinations.

Cologne, Germany, anyone? That's where Klum is from.


The Erie Airport Gala is scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Erie International Airport. Free. For parking, enter at West 14th Street and Shenk Avenue. For info, visit


Ongoing activities: Static airplane viewing; car show; Kids Bounce House; Kids' Hangar activities; Tuskegee Experience.

Muttley Crew Frisbee Dog Show: Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Hot-air balloon seminars: Saturday, noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m., noon.

Lowes Kids Build & Grow: Saturday, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.

Thermal G Demonstrations: Saturday, noon, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.

Helicopter arrivals and departures: Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting, runway dedication ceremony: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Car and plane award ceremony: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.