DEBORD – Young and old alike enjoyed themselves at the 15th annual Airport Days held at the Big Sandy Regional Airport on Saturday.
The airport is located at 2690 Airport Rd. in Debord in Martin County and is the result of mining reclamation. It does not support commercial airlines. However, the local airport did host several pilots who flew in just for the event.
“We always have a good time watching the airplanes and helicopters,” said Floyd County resident Brittany Looney. “My son has a blast and wants to be a pilot someday.”
Participants could sign up to take an airplane ride, which to many is a lifelong dream. Those who wanted to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground could take a peek inside the aircrafts.
“Our airport is small, but you would be surprised at the people we have to fly into the airport,” said Airport Manager Gary Cox. “They use the airport as a good facility to stop and get fuel and eat. It also enables us to showcase what a beautiful facility we have here in Martin County.
Airport officials considered this year’s event a success and encourage anyone interested in aviation as a hobby or a career to stop in or call 606-298-5930.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.