|By Carmelo Turdo|
One great highlight of today's Open House and Fly-In was the opportunity for Ken and Laura Hizer to take a flight with Certified Flight Instructor Joseph Overman in an Elite Aviation Cessna 172. Ken Hizer is considering flight lessons, and the hands-on experience received during the introductory flight seemed to confirm his desire to follow up with additional flights.
As the day progressed, additional aircraft arrived for display. The airport's Civil Air Patrol squadron provided a corporate Cessna 185, equipped with the latest cockpit avionics and an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) detecting device mounted under the aircraft. The aircraft is used for search and rescue missions that may involve the tracking of the ELT signal that marks the location of a downed aircraft. Also arriving during the morning was a Cessna Citation CJ3+ corporate jet that attracted most of the attendees at some point of the day. Visitors were able to take a peek inside and be part of the jet-set, at least for a few minutes!
More visitors and aircraft gathered around the Elite Aviation hangar as lunch was served and the pleasant day continued into the afternoon. Members of the neighboring Monarch Fire Protection District displayed their giant American Flag, and a gorgeous classic Cessna 195 was parked nearby. More visitors passed through the office lobby, hangar and display aircraft, and Elite Aviation's Marketing Specialist Harry Hamm called out the raffle prize winners.
Today's Elite Aviation Open House and Fly-In was a relaxed, fun and pleasant way for members of the community to be around aircraft and for some to experience flying an aircraft themselves. The Aero Experience thanks Elite Aviation and all of the participants featured here and in the previous story for their hospitality and for presenting the best of Midwest Aviation. In the next story in this series, we will explore the vision behind Elite Aviation and the plans for future.