April 18, 2011
By: Weldon B. Johnson
An estimated 4,500 visitors checked out the Chandler Municipal Airport last weekend.
Chandler Air Service and the Airport Alliance teamed to put on Airport Dayz on Saturday and Sunday. The event was designed to offer the airport’s neighbors a chance to get better acquainted with the facility and what happens there.
Those who came out had a chance to check out a display of World War II era military aircraft in addition to more modern military, exotic and other airplanes and helicopters. There was also food, live music and a few classic cars sprinkled among the aircraft.
“It went extremely well,” said John Walkup of Chandler Air Service. “An awful lot of people from the area came out. It was probably one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had for this. We had a lot of new people come out who hadn’t been to the airport before.”
Chandler Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport and as such does not handle regular military or airline flights. However, the airport is used extensively by private aircraft and for airplane and helicopter pilot instruction.
At times some who live in the vicinity of the airport have complained about noise or other issues.
Airport Dayz is an attempt to reach out to the surrounding community and anyone else who wants to know more about the airport.
“It was a busy day and very successful,” Walkup said. “If it had been 10 degrees cooler it would have been better but we can’t complain because it didn’t rain and the wind didn’t blow.”
Source: THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC