EAA 1494 to  host Fly Day  Saturday at Airport

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1494 of Morristown will host its annual Fly-in and Drive-in this Saturday.

Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morristown Airport.

Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Hamblen County COVID-19 guidelines while attending the event.

Among the activities include a variety of aircraft, kid-friendly aviation activities, show cars, fire trucks and food vendors.

There is also free admission and free parking available.

Since beginning gatherings in the spring, EAA President Karen Hughes-Collins was pleased with the outcome.

“We did a lot of remote stuff, did some webinars last year,” Collins said. “When COVID-19 hit, a lot of high-profile speakers weren’t traveling, so with our Zoom meetings, we got a lot of interesting high-profile speakers at our virtual meetings last year.”

Hughes-Collins said that since the in-person meetings have begun in the spring, attendance has varied.

“We started back in person as soon as the weather was nice in late spring,” she said. “As you can imagine, some have stayed away due to their health situations. It’s been challenging, but that’s not unlike anybody who leads a group.”

Hughes-Collins said that the chapter made use of its social media pages as an outreach tool during the early days of the pandemic.

“We’re finding that people with outdoor events are ready to do things as safely as possible,” she said. “It will be a lot of fun and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to invite the community back in this year.”

There will also be a cake-cutting ceremony for the birthday of the U.S. Air Force, which coincides with the Fly-in.

In addition, there will be a JROTC color guard opening, along with Mayor Gary Chesney. Many old cars, including Morristown’s first fire truck and a World War II Jeep, will be on hand. Sam Thompson will have his food truck on hand for refreshments.

Hughes-Collins said that the Morristown Flying Service will not be offering airplane rides this year. Sevier County Choppers will have a helicopter and Skyhigh Air Tours of Waco, Texas, will also be at the event.

There will also be information on flight training, the EAA Chapter flight scholarship program and information on how to schedule a free EAA Young Eagles or Eagle Flight. Flights will be scheduled for a later date based on pilot and flight recipient’s schedule and the weather.