There’s plenty of givens for the 2013 Simsbury Fly-In. There will be airborne demonstrations, a close look at an aviation controversy, plenty of viewable aircraft and cars, food and a host of family fun.
there are also the surprises that a public use airport can bring. Often owners of historic or interesting
craft fly in to take part in the festivities.
never really know who or what will show up,” said Phil Worley, pilot, official
photographer and event spokesman. “That always makes it very interesting.”
28th Annual Simsbury Fly-In, presented by the Simsbury Flying Club, will be
held on Sunday, Sept. 15 (Rain Date Sept. 22) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Simsbury
Airport (4B9). Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Bring extra
money for food, a $5 parking fee to benefit local scouts.
Handicapped parking and restrooms are available.
Among this year’s highlights will be a replica of the Gustave Whitehead aircraft, courtesy of the Connecticut Air and Space Center. A seminar will explore the claim that the craft was airborne two years before the Wright Brothers.
highlights will include a demonstration from the Yankee Clippers, a 1930s Tiger
Moth biplane and a LifeStar helicopter. Weather permitting the RE/MAX hot air
balloon will offer tethered rides.
on display will include antiques, homebuilts, classics from the 50s,
helicopters, light sport, and small warbirds. Automobiles will include antique cars, trucks, fire engines
and ex-military vehicles, modern vehicles and exotics.
dealers will also display new cars and airplanes.
activities will be provided and pets on leashes are welcome. A watering station
will be available.
Breakfast and lunch will be available at reasonable prices, along with specialty food items including Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
truly a family event,” Worley said. “You don’t have to be into airplanes.”
event typically draws some 10,000 people.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and a pancake breakfast will be hosted by hosted by chef Angelo Chirico.
Worley suggests arriving before 10 am. for the best parking.
event, including advertising revenue from a promo book, benefits the airport
with no flying club members receiving any compensation, organizers said. The
public-use airport receives no government funding. Manager Bill Thomas said all
told the annual operating costs are approximately $175,000.
arrivals begin with first light.
Lunch is served over the noon hour, including reasonably priced burgers
and hot dogs, snacks, ice cream, soda, water and other delicious items. The event typically ends by 3 PM.
Find out more at www.simsburyflyin.com.