Thomasville Fly-In Takes Flight

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Thomasville, Ga - 10/7/2011 -- 11PM --

The event plays host to pilots and planes of all shapes and sizes.

One of the highlights this year is an aircraft used in the filming of the movie 'Amelia.'

It is almost identical in make to the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared.

The Fly-In is open and free to the public all weekend. Food is also available.

The following is a schedule of events, per thomasvilleflyin.com:

FAA's Billy Hattaway will be at the fly-in Saturday @ 10:00 in the conference room of the Thomasville Airport Terminal building. He is with FAASTeam and will do a program on an item of flight safety. This also part of the Wings Program, so sign in and attend and you will receive credit for your wings program. Billy is from the Birmingham FSDO. Make plans to attend this informational seminar!

Also Saturday, for animal-lovers, Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary and Adoption Center will be joining us from 8a - 3pm.

The Candy Drop for the kids is always a big hit; join the fun Saturday at 2:30 PM. Thank you, Tallahassee Helicopters! (ThomasD@TLH-heli.com, office 850-841-1111)

Spot Landing Contest: This year a spot landing contest will be held, traffic permitting; we will work hard to make it work. We have had a lot of requests for this.

Rules will change for this year’s spot landing contest. In years past, pilots would power up to the line, chop power, and bounce off the runway, not really landing. This year a real landing will be required. Close the throttle when spot is directly off left wing tip and do a 180 degree power off approach. You may clear the engine one short burst before reaching short final. Short final will be 100 feet before reaching end of runway. You must cross the line with all three landing gears on the ground; nearest the line wins. Next time you fly, practice this! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3 places.

We will continue to provide shuttle service to/from town for those who need it.


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