Brandon Marshall KOTA (NE)
Hundreds support ‘Nebraska State Fly-In’ in Alliance
August 17, 2013
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  • Early morning fog didn’t dampen the spirits of KOTA Territory people at today’s state fly-in.

    “I was thinking oh darn this day is going to go bad,” said Gaylene Jensen of Hartland Aviation of Alliance Nebraska.

    Rob Markise of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics was happy to see a great attendance.

    “It’s neat to see everybody that has an aviation interest to get that fulfilled and inspiring little kids that are three and four years old seeing airplanes and looking at aviation as a future career.”

    There are more than 80 airports in Nebraska. Each year the state chooses one to host the fly-in.

    Something this airport hasn’t hosted in years.

    “Well, we did it 20 years ago,” said Jensen. “We had the first state fly-In and we had the 21st state fly-in. So maybe we can work to have the 41st state fly-in in 2033.”

    David Morris from the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics says this weekend is a chance for people to share in the spirit of flying.

    “I look at this as an opportunity to share in the spirit of aviation with others all the way from the very young to the more mature. One of the funnest things I can do in aviation is to share that adventure with someone else.”