Garrett County 2G4 – 6th Annual Wings & Wheels

Md Chopper at Grrett County Wings & wheelsThe August 12th, 2017 Fly-In offered area residents and guests a rare chance to get up close and personal with aircraft of all sorts. There was something for everyone, even the kids. Biplanes, small jets, restored warbirds and a host of other models will be represented among an estimated 35 planes ranging in origin from the 1940s to the present. Helicopters and emergency vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, will also be on display. The Mountain Top Cruisers Car Club of nearby Oakland held a Classic Car Show featuring antique models, hot rods and dragsters from the 1950s to the present. The first 75 cars receive dash plaques. Trooper 5 the State Police helicopter was on static display and gave a hoist demonstration to all to see.  RC – i.e. Radio Controlled – Aircraft Demonstrations rounded out the activities. Also included was the wildly popular Candy Drop for the kids, who can grab the goodies after the hovering helicopter drops it load of candy in the grass.  What could be better? Local vendors offered burgers, hot dogs and other hearty picnic fare for purchase.

This was the sixth year that Garrett County Airport has held a Fly-in and this event just becomes more popular each year.   

t-6s at garrett County Wings & Wheels event

Once-Shy Maryland Airport Reconnects with Community Through Successful “Wings & Wheels” Event

pilot in A-10 jet showing young boy the cockpitby Jerry DiCairano

Salisbury, Md.—No one can remember the last time this rural airport hosted a major community event. The probable answer is “Never.” But that all changed on Saturday, May 20th, when Salisbury Regional Airport in Salisbury, Md., shook off its shyness and said, “Come on over!” to families on the eastern shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

And indeed they came. Bucking a blustery wind and unusually cool temperatures, more than a thousand guests arrived to inspect military and civilian aircraft, tour the control tower, drool over a long line of classic cars, and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. There were other activities, too, including helicopter rides and a well-attended “Rusty Pilots” seminar presented by the AOPA.

“Airports need the support of their communities, and this was our way of letting people know that we are here to serve them—that we are growing and improving in all sorts of ways,” said Dawn Veatch, the airport’s new manager, who has been at the controls for less than four months. Coming soon to the airport, she informed attendees, were new general-aviation hangars, remodeled spaces in the airline terminal, new food services, and a fleet of jet airliners which will

replace the venerable De Havilland Dash 8 turboprops that have served the airport for decades. The older planes, she noted, are retiring to make way for Piedmont Airlines’ newly acquired Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. Piedmont is headquartered at Salisbury Regional and was the lead sponsor among some 40 organizations that funded and supported the Wings & Wheels event.

Mrs. Veatch, who holds airline-transport and flight-instructor pilot certificates, added that post-9/11 security measures have discouraged friendly public interaction with smaller airports, contributing in some measure to the nation’s current pilot shortage. Future pilots, she believes, often begin their romance with aviation at a tender age—and often at events just like Salisbury’s, where young children have their first opportunity to talk to pilots and closely inspect all kinds of aircraft. “I think I saw many future pilots at our event,” said Mrs. Veatch, smiling. “Some of them were elementary-school age, and some may have been in strollers.”

45th Antique Aeroplane Fly-In

June 11 (Sat)
Raindate Sunday June 12th

This is an AAA (Antique Airplane Association) event (formerly the Horn Point Antique Fly-In) conducted by the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) and hosted for the first time at Massey Aerodrome. Times: 7AM-5PM with judging until 2PM. Food & drinks available on field. Registration begins 9AM @ $15 per aircraft. Judging 9:30am-2:00pm. 4PM Awards Presentation. No admission or landing fees but donations to the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron appreciated to help continue the antique fly-in. All are welcome!
Fly-In Director: Mike Strieter 301 440-5294
Email: strieterstinson@verizon.net
Visit Massey Air Museum to see all upcoming events!