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Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast to be held on a Saturday this year


By Brianna Stephens
Advocate Staff writer

This year’s Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast and Aviation Day event will offer more than just airplanes to the community.

The event could be compared to a Touch-A-Truck event, EAA Chapter 1227 president Jan Puetthoff said, because of the variety of aircrafts and vehicles that will be available for the community to view.

Puetthoff added he also hopes the community will learn more about the airport and its significance, as it is one of the busiest in the state and is used by local industries to transport goods.

“We want people to come to the airport,” Puetthoff said. “We want to share our aviation enthusiasm with the community ... It’s a small community airport with a very family oriented atmosphere.”

Unlike the past, this year’s show will be on a Saturday, Sept. 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport, 709 Airport Road.

The event was not held last year due to a shortage of planes and volunteers.

There is no charge for admission or parking.

A breakfast will start the day at 7 a.m. offering pancakes, sausage and eggs for $6. Breakfast will end at 11 a.m.

The Montgomery County Orchestra boosters will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers and a Hawaiian shaved ice vendor will also be available for concessions during the day.

Puetthoff said he anticipates several planes to fly in for the event from across Kentucky and from surrounding states during the morning for the community to view.

Airplane rides will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Rides will cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 17 and under.

In addition to planes, Puetthoff said he also expects a Linkbelt crane; fire trucks, ambulances and a police humvee from the Montgomery County fire/EMS and police dept.’s; a cruise-in hosted by the Gateway Cruisers; a medical helicopter from Air Methods, a medical transport service; and a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter from the Army National Guard out of Frankfort.

“We are very excited to have (the Black Hawk Helicopter),” Puetthoff said.

The Eastern Kentucky University aviation program will be represented, the Civil Air Patrol will host an open house, Air Methods will offer tours, Major Dads out of Winchester, a military surplus business, will be available and Army National Guard recruiters will be in attendance.

The Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport will also offer information about its services and flight training school.

A candy drop and other special events are also planned for the day, Puetthoff said.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
The event is hosted by the EAA Chapter 1227 and sponsored by the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport.