Fly the Friendly Skies<br><i>Sedona Airport Day, Car Show</i>

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JON RYAN's aerobatic Pitts will be at the Sedona Airport Day on Sept 13.

It is hosted by the Sedona Airport Supporters Association, the Sedona Airport Administration, Sedona Car Club, Civil Air Patrol, and Sedona 99s.

Along with aviation activities, the Sedona Car Club will hold its annual Classic and Antique Car Show with over 75 vehicles from Arizona competing for coveted recognition and trophies. Automobiles will cover over 90 years of ingenuity and design. Ford will be the featured car type, celebrating 100 years this 2003. Antique and classic Fords will be on display.

The Sedona 99s, The International Organization of Women Pilots, will host their finest silent auction featuring jewelry, numerous restaurant certificates, artwork and many interesting and decorative items. All proceeds benefit the Sedona 99s local scholarship program.

A new feature of this year’s Airport Day is special discounted flights in a helicopter, Cessna “highwing” airplane, or a Waco Biplane. Ten- to 15-minute rides will be $20 per person for Cessna flights, $30 per person for BiPlane flights, and $35 per person for a helicopter flight. Children under 12 are half price.

These special low-cost flights are made possible by contributions of Red Rock Biplane, Sky Treks Air Tours, Arizona Helicopter and the Sedona Airport Administration. Registration will start at 8 a.m. at the Airport Terminal. Children flying must be accompanied by an adult.

Airport Day and Car Show will also feature community booths, a display by the Sedona Heritage Museum, breakfast and lunch by the Sedona Civil Air Patrol, and an exciting aircraft static display.

This year’s display features several local antique aircraft, an aerobatic Pitts, a T-28, a medical rescue helicopter and a variety of airplanes, old and new. Planes of Fame from Valle, Ariz., will fly over their L-19 “Bird Dog,” an aircraft used for surveillance during the Vietnam conflict.

There is no entrance or parking fee. Locals and visitors are invited to come to the airport for a few hours of fun and good food. Community groups who still wish to set up booths are welcomed. They should call Al Comello, event coordinator at 862-0210.

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