04/12/2010: "FH To Host Fly-In"
In late July, visiting pilots from the Northwest and beyond will arrive in Friday Harbor for the first-ever Fly-In for a celebration of the Port of Friday Harbor’s 60th Anniversary, and the Airport’s 25th. In addition, local residents and non-flying visitors will be invited to the one-day aviation celebration
Airport Manager, Dave Ryan said, “We will be holding a Fly-In and Airport Open House on July 24 from 10:00am until 4:00pm, at the Friday Harbor Airport. The event will have free admission for everyone and free parking for cars and participating aircraft.”
Already scheduled is a visit from Navy Whidbey Island, who will bring their Search and Rescue Helicopter, and have personnel on hand to meet the pilots and other local visitors.
Local aviation companies Island Air and Westwind Aviation will have booths, as well as San Juan Emergency Medical Service (EMS), charity flight volunteers from The San Juan Eagles, and others.
In-hangar exhibits will include a working Flight Simulator from Westwind Aviation, and a look at home-built aircraft projects, and paper airplane making for the kids.
In the spirit of airport celebrations, there will be food vendors and commemorative items for sale.
Ryan added, “Since this is our first fly-in, we want to make it great!”
Friday Harbor Airport has been owned and operated by the Port of Friday Harbor since 1985. It was originally constructed by aviation pioneer Roy Franklin, who started flying passengers to and from the islands shortly after WWII.
Pilots who have flown to Friday Harbor know that the airport is an easy walk to the quaint downtown area with its famous dining, shopping and just walking around. Information for visiting pilots can be found at http://portfridayharbor.org/fridayharborairport/