Aero Fair To Be Held May 19


The 2007 Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Payson Airport.

The event will have it all -- vintage airplanes, classic cars, radio-controlled model airplanes, food and vendors.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Prepared by the Payson Pilots Association (PPA), the pancakes, sausage and eggs are just $5 per plate.

Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will direct visitors to parking outside the airport and will be airplane monitors on the airport. Learn how they get involved in search-and-rescue missions throughout Arizona.

For a donation of $25 per person ($20 for each child with an adult), you can take a scenic flight around Payson with pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter # 810. Among the aircraft offering rides, check out the mystery twin engine on the ramp. The pilots volunteer use of their airplanes and their flying time. The EAA and PPA use the donations to support nonprofit organizations in Payson.

Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter will keep us entertained with music throughout the day, while announcing the day's events. Ned Hines will be on hand to assist Fred and to tell you about the airplanes as they roll in.

Wander around the airport to view airplanes on display. Pilots will be happy to show you their airplanes -- These include the Piper Super Cub, RV 6, LongEze, classic Cessnas, Bonanza, Piper Pawnee, Citabria, home-builts and many more. Videos about aviation will be running throughout the festivities.

Interested in learning about the type of camping gear pilots take along in their airplane? See Paul Pitkin's tent camping display next to his shiny aluminum Cessna 180 airplane.

Rim Country Flyers will be on hand to show off that fabulous DC 3 and other detailed RC model airplanes. Stroll around the polished classic cars on display from the Rim Country Classic Auto Club, including a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk and a 1965 Chevy Impala SS.

See what the vendors have to offer from elegant jewelry to artwork, photographs and toys.

Meandering around the airport, munch on some popcorn, ice cream, peanuts, cotton candy or cookies and quench your thirst with soda or water. At lunchtime the Boy Scouts will be offering their tasty barbecue sandwiches.

Community organizations will be there to share information about their services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Library Friends, Payson Gateway and others.

For more information call (928) 468-2233. Email:

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