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Paso AirFest Airport Appreciation Day offered free plane rides, aircraft on display

Posted: Friday, Oct 7th, 2016

Photos by Allyson Oken/Paso Robles Press & Atascadero News Free airplane rides were given to youth last Saturday during the first Paso Robles AirFest, which also featured helicopters and a 5K race.

PASO ROBLES — The first Paso Robles AirFest Airport Appreciation Day was a hit at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport last Saturday, Oct. 1.

The day began with a 5K down the runway, offering patrons a once-in-a-lifetime chance to actually run where planes land and take flight. Ken Parkhust and his son Kenichi ran together down the runway and said that it was a real blast.

“There were not as many of us running this morning, but it was a great time for me and my son and we were given these great souvenirs, a T-shirt and medal,” Parkhust said. “All in all, a great event for the

first year.”

After the 5K, Airport Appreciation Day officially took flight with a showcase of historic and modern aircraft that included military and private planes, from restored antiques to modern jets, racers and remote control models; aerial demonstrations by the Cloud Clippers, a Kid Zone and barbecue lunch. Visitors could also take a tour of the Airport and talk with pilots about their aircraft, along with free airplane rides for ages 8 to 17 provided by the Young Eagles, sponsored by EAA Chapter 465 and led by David Fretwell.

Paso Robles student Dallon Scott was one of the first few to go up-up-and-away! He said this was not his first time in flight, but it was his first time in a small plane.

“This is not my first time flying, but it is very different from a big commercial plane,” Scott said. “A big plane feels safe; the walls were vibrating as we flew, but it was really cool. I could see a lot. He took me really far out, 2,000 feet in the air. It was awesome!”

At noon, the festivities were punctuated by a parachute delivery of the flag, music from the Paso Robles

Marching Band, the National Anthem and a speech by Mayor Steve Martin. Overall, hundreds were able to come out and enjoy the Paso Robles Municipal Airport that will be the hub for AirFests of the future.

To learn more about Paso Robles AirFest, how to sponsor the event next year and more, visit pasoroblesairfest.com.

For the complete article see the 10-07-2016 issue.

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