“X” marks the spot of a closed-off runway Saturday afternoon at AIken Municipal Airport, where the Masters Tournament had brought enough guests to have one of the facility’s two runways shut down to allow for more aircraft parking.
Aiken Municipal Airport drew an extra-large crowd of aviators and spectators Sunday afternoon, with the end of the Masters Tournament and the annual aerial exodus of visitors.
“This airport is busier than what people think,” one participant noted, describing the facility as “a great resource” at both the city and county levels.
Flight instructor Baptiste Charlot, with Aiken Flyers, pointed out that the airport was so crowded that one of its two runways was closed down, to allow more room for aircraft to park.
Some airplanes (including Charlot’s) that normally are stored in hangars were outdoors for the week – a period of mostly mild temperatures, with strong winds requiring adjustments for golfers and pilots alike.
Another airport representative noted that the April 3 to 10 period included about 600 “instrument operations,” with each representing an aircraft arriving or departing. Those data reportedly represent a slight increase from 2015.
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