Talking planes

There will be higher than normal traffic at and around the Aransas County Airport Saturday, July 10.

The second Fly In is scheduled.

This Fly In, an all-day event, is free and open to the public.

The first one was held in November 2020, hosted by ACTS Aviation, a tenant at the airport.

“Traditionally, Fly Ins are hosted by the airport,” said Airport Manager Mike Geer. “The first Fly In was held in the middle of the pandemic and the weather was bad, as well, and they still had 35-40 pilots participate.

“We’re planning for at least 75 pilots to fly in this time.”

The public will have access to free parking, and free hot dogs will be served while supplies last.

The Aransas County 4-H Club is cooking food and will accept donations.

“We’re excited to build this partnership for future fundraising events via Fly Ins,” said Geer.

The Commemorative Air Force will have at least one aircraft on site and will be selling rides.

Other historic planes could also be on display, but that has not been confirmed.

Why a Fly In?

“This is what people with airplanes do,” said Geer. “They look for opportunities to gas up and fly somewhere on Saturday afternoons.

“Pilots like getting together to compare planes, and visit with other pilots, sharing experiences and knowledge with each other.”

An FAA Safety Team will be at the airport to give a safety brief to all pilots flying in for the day.

“They will be presenting in the morning and afternoon at the ACTS Aviation hangar,” said Geer.

Geer expects local Fly Ins to become regular events.

“This is such a popular airport for general aviation because this is such a destination,” said Geer. “You can go to any airport in the state and they know about Aransas County and this airport.”

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