Diverse planes show up for Polson Airport Fly-In
POLSON – Even with storm clouds looming over the Polson Airport on Saturday, Sept. 7, the 21st annual Polson Fly-In still saw a strong turnout of visiting aviators and their aircraft.
The local Chapter 1122 of the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored the fly-in and welcomed hundreds of visitors of all ages as they came out to the airport to view a diverse variety of aircraft, including home-built planes, vintage warbirds, float planes, helicopters and general aviation aircraft.
A yellow Royal Canadian Air Force World War II- era AT-6C trainer made a couple loud low-level high-speed flyovers above the runway. It was a lavender Cessna with a light-blue stripe that caught the eye of Linderman fourth grader Olivia Ramirez.
“I like the cotton candy one,” said Ramirez to her mother. “That one is cool.”
In addition to featuring dozens of aircraft from around the region, the EAA served a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser in support of youth aviation education programs. One such education program is the glider project.
“We had about 30 glider models that we took down to the Boys and Girls Club,” said event volunteer Ron Bone.
He said a crew of seven helped the kids build the gliders at the club. “The kids were absolutely great, everyone paid attention. After the gliders were built, we took them all outdoors and flew them. The smiles on the kids were unbelievable. We just had a blast.”
Bone explained further that programs like the glider project are what EAA is looking for to help promote and foster an interest in aviation along with providing students the opportunity to explore the variety of aviation-related career paths available, such as piloting, air traffic control, drones and aviation mechanics.
For more information about the Lake County chapter of the EAA, visit https://www.1122.eaachapter.org or check out the chapter’s Facebook page.