Big Sandy preps for 11th Airport Day
by Ralph B. Davis
DEBORD — Big Sandy Regional Airport is gearing up for its annual Airport Day celebration, offering a variety of activities and plane rides.
Airport Day will take place from noon until 6 p.m., Sept. 29, and is designed to promote aviation in the community, airport manager Gary Cox said.
Cox said that planes from all over the region would be flying into Big Sandy. Pilots will be showing off their craft and talking with the public about the joy of flying.
As always, those interested in flying in a plane can do so, for a $15 per person charge.
Cos said the airport has a lot to show off this year, following the completion of a remodeling project at the 27-year-old airport. Coal-severance tax funds paid to give the airport a facelift, with a new exterior, furniture, ceiling, lights, floors, doors and bathrooms.
“Many people have flown into our airport and commented about what a nice facility we have,” Cox said. “It gives a positive first impression of our communities.”
The airport was recently awarded federal and state money to rehabilitate its lighting system and runway signage, which Cox said will make it even safer.
A car show is planned as part of this year’s festivities. Cox said anyone with a vintage car is welcome to enter the show for free. Trophies will be awarded to crowd favorites.
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