The Weekender sees spring fever picking up all over on SocialFlight with airshows, fly-outs and airports opening up for the flying season. Fort Lauderdale’s 2016 “Ford Lauderdale” Air Show, running Saturday and Sunday, will feature the Navy F-18 Hornet, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the first civilian airshow performance of the F-35 Lightning II. Across the country, the Green River Chapter of the Washington Pilots Association will hold its Annual Work Party on Saturday to open the Ranger Creek airstrip for summer. Work starts at 10 a.m. followed by a chili feed at noon. Help pitch in and enjoy the scenic foothills of Mt. Rainier.
Also Saturday, the Mandan Aero Center in North Dakota welcomes all pilots to join this year’s Aviation Poker Run to three different airports, heading back to Mandan Municipal Airport by noon. There will be three community cards and the one with the best five-card hand will win the grand prize. Join fellow pilots for a day of flying, more prize giveaways and lunch. In Illinois on Saturday, the Quincy University Aviation Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Head for the Great River Aviation hangar at the Quincy Regional Airport. Aircraft rides will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the QU Aviation Club. For more details on this weekend’s events, visit SocialFlight.