A longstanding area aviation tradition will hit the runways at Newton City/County Airport as The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Capital Chapter 88’s 52nd annual Fly-in event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3.
1. Free rides and activities for kids
The Young Eagles program will offer free rides in “Lady Liberty,” an A 26 Invader, throughout the day. The free airplane rides for kids age 8 to 17 will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Airplane and helicopter rides will also be available for purchase.
Little pilots will get a log book with a code admitting them to an FAA approved ground school with costs waived upon completion.
Also for kids are candy drops scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.
2. Learn about all kinds of aircraft
Commemorative Air Force aircraft, radio control aircraft, flight simulators, the Mustang Car Club and flight competitions make up some of the attractions and activities during the day.
There also be town hall meetings with Shannon Whetzel of the Kansas Cosmosphere, who will be discussing the Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, and Jim Lamb, FAASTeam program manager over the FAAWings Pilot Proficiency Program “Loss of Control.” The Fly Kansas Air Tour will be making the last of its 12 stops in five days during the day with a mass arrival of aircraft and a chance to speak with pilots.
3. Meet an astronaut
Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sam Gemar is the featured speaker at a banquet, silent auction and awards program, which is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost for adults is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for kids 17 and under.