Airport Day takes flight next weekend

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 13, 2013

DEBORD — Eastern Kentucky takes to the air next weekend as Big Sandy Regional Airport hosts its annual event, “Airport Day.”

This year the event opens to the public Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at Big Sandy Regional Airport near Inez. In addition to food and drink concession, reduced rate airplane rides are available providing spectacular views and perhaps an entry into aviation for future pilots of all ages.

On January 17, 1984, crews broke ground on land that is now Big Sandy Regional Airport. Reclaimed from coal fields mined by Island Creek Coal Company, this resource-rich land continues to provide. Today, the airfield is a collaborative operation owned by Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin, and Martin counties. It is a full service airport including a 5,000 x 100ft illuminated, asphalt topped landing strip, aviation fuel, radio communication and available hanger space. From hobby craft to corporate jet, Big Sandy Regional connects Eastern Kentucky to any place in the world via general aviation.

In addition to being a base for emergency medical air transport, this re-purposed land hosts a variety of wild life including a large herd of Kentucky elk, wild turkey and the occasional Kentucky (wildcat) bobcat. Big Sandy Regional Airport expertly harmonizes this region’s coal history, natural beauty and practical reach to economies beyond the local boundary.

For several years, Big Sandy Regional Airport has hosted a “fly-in” as a way for friends and enthusiasts to join together highlighting general aviation and its value to this region. Aviators from near and far fly-in to visit, display their aircraft, and perhaps thrill with stories of aeronautic sensation.

On any given day, air traffic comes into the field from places near and far, and on Saturday September 21, organizers say the sky is the limit for visitors.

There is no admission fee for the event, and only airplane rides and concessions have a charge. There will also be a classic cars to show for those interested inside the gates.

For more information about Airport Day event, contact Gary Cox at (606) 298-5930.