Airport’s Aviation Day worth attending

Columbus Municipal Airport is a growing community asset. If you need proof of that, attend its second Aviation Day on Saturday.

The morning-to-late-afternoon event will feature vintage airplanes, such as a B25 bomber and a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor, to give attendees an historical perspective. Plane rides will be available, and radio-controlled aircraft will be on display and performing.

Aviation Day will feature activities for children, plus a pancake breakfast and hog roast lunch. This is just a sampling of the day’s offerings, which are greater in number than at last year’s event, which drew 3,800 people.

Attendance at the inaugural Aviation Day exceeded expectations, demonstrating the airport’s potential and the growing role it can play in the community.

The remodeled airport terminal, which opened in April, provides a new welcome mat for visitors to the city and is an attractive gathering place for private and public events. A recent target industries study conducted for the Columbus Economic Development Board identified the airport as one of the city’s top economic-development assets.

Aviation Day attendees also can visit the expanded Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, located next door to the terminal. Displays will take people through time and inform them about local aviation history, including the airport’s start in February 1943 when Atterbury Air Base opened.

Aviation Day offers a wonderful mix of entertainment and history and is a perfect example of how the airport can be used as a tourism attraction in addition to being an economic driver.

If you go

WHAT: Columbus Municipal Airport’s Aviation Day

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

WHERE: The airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd.

ACTIVITIES: Civilian air show; bounce houses for children; $20 single-engine Cessna plane rides for public; free Young Eagles flights for ages 8 to 17; radio-controlled planes; $6 pancake breakfast; GTO and Corvette car show; $8 hog roast lunch; on-site Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum; other attractions.

ADMISSION: Free

INFORMATION: Aviation Day 2015 Facebook Page.