The action’s at the airport Saturday May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Pilots from all over the Southeast will converge on Quincy Municipal Airport for the annual Quincy Fly-In sponsored by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 445.
Though the Fly-In is a pilot oriented event, it’s a great opportunity to bring the family out to see a wide variety of private aircraft, including restored old timers, new planes, Light Sport planes, home built planes, and maybe even a few ultra-lights. The informal atmosphere at Quincy Municipal allows one the opportunity to get close to the planes, smell the gasoline, talk to the pilots, and visualize how it would feel to fly off into the wild blue yonder.
If you get the “bug”, Eagle Aircraft will be giving plane rides so you can enjoy the beauty of Gadsden County from the air for as little as $25. For the more adventurous, Tallahassee Helicopters is offering rides from $30. Watch as the School of Human Flight periodically fills the skies with the rainbow colors of skydivers’ parachutes.
EAA Chapter 445’s members will be giving free Young Eagle airplane rides to students ages 8 – 17 (signed parental consent forms are required).
While most activities are scheduled for Saturday, pilots arriving on Friday, along with event volunteers, can enjoy a delicious evening meal catered by Quincy’s West End Grill, the mellow tones of the band Swing Shift, and a late evening light show put on by the Seminole Radio Controlled Model club. Pilots wishing to do so can camp on the airport.
Pilots will start arriving early to take advantage an old-fashioned sausage and pancake breakfast. Pilots will have a chance to enjoy the camaraderie of other pilots, show off their planes, and talk flying to all interested parties. Col. Gene Greenwood will be on hand to provide oral history regarding his bombing runs over Germany in WWII. To add to the mix of things to see, members of several Classic Automobile clubs will have their vehicles on display. There will be plenty to eat, with both West End Grill and Dog-Et-All hot dogs offering their specialties through- out most of the day.
Feeling lucky? A raffle ticket (suggested donation $5) could win you a free parachute jump (tandem) from the School of Human Flight, one free flying lesson from Eagle Aircraft, or one free flying lesson from Tallahassee Helicopters. Drawing for the three winners will be at 4:00 pm Saturday. Winners need not be present to win.
Funds raised by EAA Chapter 445 from this and other events are used to help fund scholarships for local area high school students to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This year the Chapter is sending three students from the North Florida/ South Georgia area. Last year East Gadsden High School senior La’Courtney Baker was a scholarship winner.
A donation of five dollars per carload is suggested for admission to the event. For more information go to www.eaa445.org, or call 850-524-4240.