Weekender: Airport Options For Everyone


A trip to the airport doesn’t have to just be for pilots — SocialFlight’s listings include lots of opportunities to bring in new people and kids for an introduction to the diverse world of aviation. In Wisconsin, the Wausau Downtown Airport is hosting a Pilot for a Day event on Saturday. The curious can sign up for three hours of ground school and a chance to schedule a hands-on lesson in the airplane. In Texas, EAA’s B-17G Flying Fortress will stop in Arlington next Tuesday, April 29, to sell rides and tours to all comers. The huge Aluminum Overcast, one of only 13 of the type still flying, will be there from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For pilots, many smaller airports offer events to entice you to fly in and enjoy their facilities. “Free Lunch Fridays” is an ongoing tradition at the Chalet Suzanne Air Strip in Lake Wales, Fla. Stop in and enjoy the hospitality of the Hinshaw family. They promise to serve up good food plus dessert and plenty of camaraderie and hangar talk. No fuel on the field, so be sure to have enough for your round trip. This Saturday, Paso Robles Municipal Airport serves up a pancake breakfast, complete with eggs, sausage, juice and coffee for just $5. More events, in your neighborhood and across the country, are updated daily on SocialFlight’s free website and app.