Sedona clears runway for Airport Day 2016

The Sedona Airport Day & Fly-In 2016 will feature an Airport Open House and Aircraft Display and Sedona Car Club’s Competitive Classic Car Show. There will be Young Eagles Free Flights for Kids 8 to 17. The Sept. 17 event will be from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sedona Airport Day & Fly-In 2016 will feature an Airport Open House and Aircraft Display and Sedona Car Club’s Competitive Classic Car Show. There will be Young Eagles Free Flights for Kids 8 to 17. The Sept. 17 event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sedona Airport, Arizona's "Airport in the Sky," will host Airport Day 2016 on Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the community to enjoy.

On display will be a variety of aircraft - from old military, antiques and restored to new, modern, state of the art aircraft with full glass cockpits.

In addition, the Sedona Car Club's annual classic car show with over one hundred classic autos and trucks from around the state will be on display. All will compete for prizes and awards for "best" of their category of vehicle.

One of the new features of this year's airport event is the "Young Eagles" program where pilots for Flagstaff who are members of the EAA Chapter 856 will be flying children, 8 to 17 in their own personal aircraft at no charge to the children or their parents.

This is part of a national program that has seen over two million children experience flying with a dedicated pilot since the mid 1990's. The goal is to encourage young people to consider becoming a pilot when they are older.

Those who have an interest will need to be at the airport early to sign up on a first come, first serve basis. Parental or guardian written permission is required. Parents can learn more about the "Young Eagles" program at EAA.Org.

During the airport open house, visitors, especially children will be able to walk and talk with pilots and learn about the modern world of aviation. Students from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott will be on hand to talk about aviation education and careers.

Representatives of new aircraft companies will be on hand to demonstrate a brand new hi-tech aircraft and talk about their space-age avionics and controls.

The Sedona Modelers, a group of avid aviation enthusiasts who fly model aircraft on weekends from their mini-airfield outside of Sedona will be sharing their love of flying their planes. Some of their radio-controlled aircraft have wingspans in excess of six feet. Solar viewing telescopes will also be set up to safely view solar activity adjacent to the modelers.

Check out the emergency helicopter on display and listen to personnel who will explain their operational systems and procedures. Sedona Airport's fire department will also be present with their modern fire and rescue trucks and motivated and skilled fire fighters.

There is no fee for parking or entrance. The entire event is funded by a grant from the Sedona Oak Creek Airport Authority, which manages the airport.

Also, enjoy the Sedona Car Club's annual classic car show with over 100 really cool neat cars from around the state all competing for prizes and awards and your vote for "best".

Cadets from the local chapter of Civil Air Patrol will host the American flag raising at 10 a.m. while local singer, Tom Jepperson, sings the national anthem. A fly-by of aircraft is planned at about the same time.

Don't miss out on the tasty festival food like kettle corn, hot dogs and burgers, BarBQ sandwiches, and snow cones will satisfy all who love community gatherings.

The event gates open at 9 a.m.

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