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June 21, 2013

Aircraft theme Saturday at airport, museum events

Cass airport to hold fourth annual open house.

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Two clubs for remote-controlled aircraft will fly large-scale airplanes, with wingspans of up to 3 feet, throughout the event. A children’s play zone, including bounce houses and the Logansport Fire Department Smokehouse, will be set up.

For pilots, the airport is bringing in a simulator for crosswind landings. The machine gives pilots the feel of keeping their plane in line with the runway while fighting a wind blowing perpendicular to the runway.

“Crosswind landings are never fun,” Dalton said. “Just imagine being in your car and having the wind keep pushing you off the side of the road.” So it’s safer, he said, to practice in a simulator because “it’s a lot easier to crash in a simulator.”

Dalton wasn’t sure how many visitors to expect for the event, which has grown consistently since its inception three years ago.

“We just hope everybody comes out and enjoys the day,” Dalton said.

The open house’s partner event, the annual Grissom Air Base fly-in, will also be going on Saturday.

Named the “GUS Fly-in” for the air base’s radio letters, KGUS, it’s sponsored by the Grissom Air Museum and Montgomery Aviation as a fundraiser for Down Syndrome of Indiana.

The fly-in starts with a $5 pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., then a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers will be served after 11 a.m. Shuttles will take pilots and their families from Montgomery Aviation, where the breakfast will be, to the museum for free admission.

Other visitors to the breakfast or museum will have a discounted admission of $3 per person during the fly-in.

As a statewide EAA event, the fly-in “gives aviators a chance to see us, and also allows us to support a charity, which is very valuable,” said museum director Jim Price. “We get more people for breakfast than for lunch, so what it allows us to do is if you fly in to GUS for the fly-in, you can hop in your plane to the open house” at the Logansport airport.

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