Thursday, June 7, 2012

Carson City Airport Open House Event - Capital Wings - June 16, 2012

Community event is free to the public and includes fly-bys, 
plane/helicopter demonstrations, and more.
The Carson City Airport announced the schedule of its annual Capital Wings Open House. The event is being held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Open House takes place at the Carson City Airport, 2600 College Parkway. More than 4,000 visitors attended in 2011, and this year’s event, which is free to the public, is expected to be even more exciting and popular. Activities include fly-bys, plane and helicopter demonstrations, plane and hot-air balloon rides, food and beverages in a day filled with family activities.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Fly-bys begin at 9:30 a.m. and include sky divers and an exhilarating field of planes: P51 Mustang, Army Lakota, War Birds, T6 Texan, AH-1 Cobra Helicopter, T33 Shooting Star, F86 Sabre Jet, OV-10 Bronco, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and more.

Planes and helicopters will also be landing at the airport for public viewing. The full host of events includes hot-air balloon and plane rides, a bouncy house, face painting, paper airplane contests, various craft, food and drink vendors, as well as performances from local dance, tumbling, and martial arts studios. Visitors can also shoot a machine gun (simulated) and operate radio controlled plane models.

“Last year was such a tremendous success that we are even more excited to host this year’s Capital Wings Open House. The exhibits and activities are a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to experience the thrill of aviation in a safe, fun, family environment,” says Tim Rowe, Carson City Airport’s general manager.

The purpose of the Carson City Airport Open House is to raise community awareness of the importance of aviation for Carson City and Nevada’s economy. The economic impact of the airport to the local community is estimated at more than $30 million annually.

Carson City Airport is conveniently located three miles northeast of downtown Carson City, 30 miles from downtown Reno, 13 miles from Virginia City, and only 20 miles from South Lake Tahoe. For more information on the Carson City Airport Open House, visit or call 775-841-2255.

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