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Aviation Day 2009
Who would believe that we could top Aviation Day 2008! On Saturday February 7, 2009, more than 4000 people took advantage of the near-perfect weather to check out the aircraft on display, chat with pilots and aircraft builders, take an airplane or helicopter ride, or just watch the air traffic.
In the Terminal Building lobby, visitors could check out
the Piper Aircraft pilot shop, try their hand at the Chapter 99 Flight
Simulator, and get the latest on safe flying from the FAA Safety Team. The
terminal yard featured displays of radio-control model aircraft, scale plastic
model aircraft and model rockets. The aircraft display area featured 51
aircraft, including new production aircraft represented by Piper, Mooney and
Diamond, several Light Sport and amateur-built aircraft, and more classic
aircraft such as a 1928 Travelair 4000 biplane, two 1943 Stearman biplanes, and
a DeHavilland Tiger Moth. Missionary Flights International of Fort Pierce
brought their flagship Douglas DC-3, a 1940s classic airliner reengined with
turboprop engines replacing the piston radial engines.
With the success of this latest Aviation Day event, organizers are already putting plans on paper for Aviation Day 2010.
The local newspaper reported on Aviation Day 2009: Press Journal, Feb. 8, 2009
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