Aero Fair Will Be Full Of High-Flying Fun Saturday


The Payson Regional Airport Authority will present the 2008 Aero Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

Payson's aviation day opens with a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Payson Pilots Association (PPA) is serving pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee for only $7. Breakfast will be served free to military personnel in uniform.


Under the direction of Air Boss, Hawkeye Matthews, Payson Civil Air Patrol cadets Senior Master Sgt. David Knauer and Chief Master Sgt. Dane Silva review the airport diagram for parking airplanes while they learn aircraft marshaling for the Payson Aero Fair, this Saturday, May 17.

The Payson Police Department Volunteers will direct visitors to parking for cars outside the airport. Look for additional parking on Airport Road. Handicapped parking is available. Shuttles will run between the parking areas and the airport all day. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is providing shuttle service from the hotel and casino to the airport.

For a donation of $25 per person you can take a scenic flight around Payson with pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #810.

The Payson Military Honor Guard honors its own at 11 a.m.

Planes on display include a Piper Super Cub, RV 6, Bonanza, Taylorcraft, Citabria, T6, classic Cessnas and home-builts. New Cessna, Cirrus and Mooney airplane dealers will display the latest in aviation. De Haviland DH-4, the only United States-built aircraft to see combat during World War I will fly in Saturday morning.

Face painting, ring toss, wall climbing and more are the attractions especially designed for youngsters.

Vendors will have pottery, craft items, art, jewelry, books, prop covers, model airplanes, helicopter kites and other fun items. Taste all the morsels of food offered, including bakery items, barbecue lunch, hot dogs, local honey, popcorn, cookies and candy.

The Boy Scouts are presenting the barbecue. They will start serving at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. All funds will be used to help Troop #354. The Scouts will be serving deep-pit barbecue sandwiches with chips, beans and a drink.

Community organizations will be on hand to share information about their services.

Rim Country Flyers will be on hand to show you detailed radio-controlled model airplanes. For more information call (928) 978-5621.

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