SPA fly-in a success
Date posted: September 10, 2013
We would like to thank the people of Sheridan for making the first Sheridan County Airport Open House & Fly-In an amazing success. Total attendance numbers are still being calculated but the initial numbers exceeded all expectations.
Many pilots from around the region flew their aircraft in and placed them on display for the public. The Wyoming Air National Guard was a major hit with their “Mini-Jet” as it made “passes” along the ramp, GameStop had a great flight gaming area and the Pilots for Christ were giving a virtual flight experience with their flight simulator. Many, many more people and organizations were in attendance and made the event even better.
One of the main attractions for the people were the airplane rides. The original plan was to offer free flights to the first 100 signed up. When the gate opened we were amazed how many folks had come. As the day progressed we tried to accommodate as many folks as possible. As the signups moved beyond 100, people were advised that while we would try to get everyone up, that a ride was not guaranteed. At the end of the day and the last person standing in line at the staging area had been flown we had exceeded our original number of rides by almost 100 percent. We were operating 10 airplanes almost continually for seven hours to accomplish this feat. We would like to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals who generously donated funding, equipment and support.
We thank all of those who volunteered, worked hard for hours, days and months to bring the open house and fly-in into reality. Thanks to the pilots, all of which are very experienced, for donating their time, expertise, use of their aircraft and donation the fuel needed to operate all of these flights.This one was great. The next one will be even better.
Jeff Baum and
The Sheridan Pilots’ Association