|By Carmelo Turdo
Johnny Rowlands of KC Copters and Tom Cargin of
Air Associates sponsored and produced Airport Fun Day
The action began on the Air Associates apron where visitors arrived at the main entrance. Tickets were made available for lunch, raffle prizes and Discovery Flights in the Cessna 172 aircraft. Nearby, a Beechcraft King Air and Cessna TTx were on display. Kansas State University-Salina brought their Cessna 172 and hosted an activity station with a quad-copter, children's activities and giveaways. Younger children had fun in the bounce house and were entertained by a clown making balloon characters and face painting. Later, the apron would be a great location to see the aircraft as they flew over the nearby runway and parked for lunch.
Aerial entertainment included formation flights by local pilots after lunch. Two members of the KC Flight brought in their colorful RV-8 homebuilts, and the Beech Nuts flying group flew in a Baron and two Bonanzas. The five aircraft joined in formation over the airport and flew several passes for the gathering crowd before departing the area. A special bonus pass by an American Champion Decathlon and a Pitts Special formation was added to the program.