Youth ages 8 to 17 can receive free flights at Arlington’s Community Airport Day which invites local families to see the community airport.
The event is on Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Arlington Airport at 18204 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. It was formerly known as Airport Appreciation Day.
Arlington officials host the annual airport day to bring parents and children down to experience the municipal airport.
“We put this on to engage the community. Our airport is such a magnificent resource,” said Kristin Banfield, communications manager for the city of Arlington.
“Not everyone gets a chance to see it though, so at this event they can check it out and come down to see it,” she said.
It’s also a good way to get the youth interested in aviation, said Banfield.
“We get to teach some of our young people about flight,” she said.
Many children don’t have much experience with planes or flight these days, she said.
“When I was a kid you could just go to the airport and watch the planes taking off and landing, but you really can’t go do that anymore,” because of all of the modern security, said Banfield.
The EAA Young Eagles Program works with local pilots to provide free flights in small airplanes at the event for kids.
“Again this year we’re going to have the free flights for youth,” said Banfield.
Those flights are available to kids age 8 to 17 only.
“And that is provided because of the incredible support we have from our local pilots,” who take time out of their weekend to provide flights with their personal planes, said Banfield.
“The families really enjoy being able to allow their kids a chance to see the planes and talk to the pilots,” said Banfield. “It’s great for the kids because a lot of them have never flown before."
There will also be static displays of other aircraft at the event, the majority of which are owned by tenants of the Arlington Airport.
“Arlington police and fire will also be out there with their vehicles on display as well,” said Banfield.
Arts and crafts, a bouncy house and a bubble pool will also be at the event.
The Arlington Fly-In will also sponsor a simulator for the Community Airport Day.
“We will have some simulators out there so the kids can feel like what flying is actually like,” said Banfield.
More information about the local event is available at arlingtonwa.gov.