National Aviation Day to be celebrated at Redlands airport Aug. 20 – Redlands Daily Facts




REDLANDS >> Pilots at the Redlands Municipal Airport are inviting the public to join them in celebrating National Aviation Day.

The aviation holiday will be recognized Saturday at the airport, 1755 Sessums Drive, with free flights for children and lunch prepared by pilots.

“Redlands airport is a great place for the community to walk around and learn a little bit about aviation,” said Ted Gablin, president of the Redlands Airport Association.

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Aug. 19 as National Aviation Day to coincide with the birthday of Orville Wright, pilot of the Wright Flyer.

On Saturday, members of the Redlands Airport Association will prepare lunch for pilots flying into the airport and the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is $7.

“It’s an excuse to get some people down to the airport, fly some kids around, invite pilots from other airports who want to come in and have a barbecue lunch,” Gablin said.

The Redlands chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will offer free flights for children ages 8 to 17 at 9 a.m. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by adults.

“The biggest thing is just to introduce the next generation of pilots,” said Beverly Buck, eagle flight coordinator.

The EAA has been offering free flights for children for 19 years, Buck said, having flown nearly 2 million children worldwide.

The Redlands chapter has flown a couple thousand children and tries to offer the flights four times a year, Buck said.

The flights are about 20 minutes. The children are briefed on what the flight will be like and are shown around the plane.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Buck said. “The kids get a certificate and a log book. It’s really cool.”

The airport has received much attention lately, among pilots’ fight against residential encroachment, inconsistencies found in the city’s airport-related documents and the new business plan recently drafted to boost the airport’s economic viability.

“We want to do some events at the airport for that very reason,” Gablin said. “We want people to know there’s something else on Sessums Drive besides Hangar 24 Brewery.”


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