Plans progress for third annual Fly-In and Airshow in Frenchville

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29 July 2012

FRENCHVILLE – The St. John Valley Aero Club in conjunction with the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport hosts the third annual Fly-In and Airshow, August 18 and19 at the Frenchville airport.

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“The annual fly-in and premiere of a two-day airshow is the first and largest of its kind in Aroostook County in nearly 20 years since before the closure of Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, in 1994,” said Randy Harper, a Presque Isle pilot and event promoter.

Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults/teens; free for children under 12 and seniors over 60.

No coolers, pets, alcohol or glass containers allowed.

Three major aerobatic performances will be featured both days of the event. Other activities include: airplane and helicopter static displays; military, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Warden Service demonstrations and fly-bys, airplane rides, remote controlled aircraft demonstrations, candy drop for children, music, entertainment, and various food vendors. Emergency medical support and restrooms present on-site. Acadia Air Tours will provide rides in a Waco, open-cockpit, biplane for $60.

The main aerobatic events for both days are: Dan Marcotte, competitor of the Reno Air Races and other land-speed competitions, flying an Ultimate 10-200 Biplane (www.danmarcotteairshows.com); and Jimmy Parker, in two unique routines – one in the ‘Claire de Lune’ glider and the other in a Pitts (Special) S-2B, self-narrated ‘Aerobatics 101’, performing while narrating his maneuvers to the crowd below (www.jimparkerairshows.com).

Sunday’s show highlights the renowned Texas Flying Legends arriving at approximately 10:30 a.m. in five of their museum’s vintage World War II aircraft. They are on annual summer tour throughout New England to honor and inspire awareness of military veterans and their sacrifices during that great conflict. Aerial demonstrations and up-close static displays include a B-25 (Mitchell) Bomber, Japanese Zero,     P-51 Mustang, (Curtiss) P-40K and FU4 Corsair. The museum team is flying in at their own expense to contribute to the event, said Harper. (www.flyingfreedom.us ).

Saturday morning, the show will kick-off with an aircraft flying parade over the St. John Valley and will close Sunday with a grand finale by the Texas Flying Legends over Long Lake on their 4 p.m. departure.

Personal and business aircraft fly-ins are welcome before the airshow, on Friday August 17.  During airshow hours, pre-coordination is required. Check the website for guidance and be aware of scheduled traffic and landing restrictions due to on-going flight activities. Also check NOTAMs (Notice to Airman) before departure and call Frenchville Unicom frequency (122.7) 10-miles out. A campsite on the airport grounds is available for pilots and support crew (only) flying in for the event.

“Don’t miss this exciting action-packed airshow and fly-in,” said Harper. “It’s fun for the whole family.”

The Northern Aroostook Regional Airport is located at 74 Airport Avenue, Frenchville, Maine. Follow airplane/airport signs posted on Route 1, between Madawaska and Fort Kent. The airport is approximately   three-miles south from Route 1. Turn onto Starbarn Avenue; right on Cleveland Avenue; and left on Airport Road.

For more information, visit the public website at www.SJVAeroClub.org or call the airport at 207-543-6300, or e-mail pchasse@sjvaeroclub.org