to spotlight Madisons airport
rides, air show, food
and fun on tap at annual event
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(October 2011) Oct. 15 is set to be a day
of flights, food and fun when Aviation Awareness Day celebrates the
importance of Madison (Ind.) Municipal Airport to area communities.
Designed to promote awareness of the airport, this years celebration
showcases a variety of talented performers and unique acts certain to
thrill those with a love of speed and daring.
Slick poses with Madison
aerobatic pilot Cliff Robinson (right).
The two are scheduled to perform
Oct. 15 at the Madison Air Show.
Among the performers will be Cliff Robinson, a pilot with
more than 8,000 hours of flight time. In addition to being locally known
for offering sight-seeing tours in his bi-plane, he is also an award-winning
aerobatic pilot who has performed in more than 200 public air shows
across the country. At the show, Robinson will be performing in his
1941 Boeing Stearman plane, a World War II training plane that has been
specially modified to handle the loops, rolls, and spins that amaze
air show audiences.
Robinson cites the adrenaline rush as what draws him to
the challenge of precision flying. His old-fashioned barnstorming
style of flying is performed low and in front of the crowd which adds
to the excitement. Show coordinator Deborah Crawford notes that while
the pilots make the loops and tricks appear effortless, None of
this is easy.
Gates open at 9 a.m. with the air show beginning at noon. The show will
feature many skilled pilots including Emerson Stewart, who will perform
a heart stopping dead stick routine where the engine is
turned off in mid-air before completing a variety of maneuvers and landing
Guests will also have their chance to cheer for their high-performance
vehicle of choice as motorcycle rider Hollywood Slick challenges a bi-plane
to what is sure to be an unforgettable race.
pilot Bob Pitts does stunts
in this colorful bi-wing airplane.
Plane rides will offer visitors the chance to catch a
glimpse of their hometown from above, or guests can keep their feet
on the ground and appreciate a variety of aviation inspired art including
aerial photographs taken by Theresa Strohl. Concessions will be provided
by the Milton Volunteer Fire Department, and pilots will be available
to answer questions about their favorite planes or to share stories
of their most memorable flights.
This is also an opportunity for those interested in learning to fly
themselves to meet area instructors and find out more about how to get
involved in a new activity. Crawford notes that the airshow is a
chance for the community to come out and see what we have.
Assistant airport manager Ralph Rogers said he hopes that the air show
will help make people aware of the airport and its importance to the
Madison area. He notes that the airport is used by small business owners,
police and government officials, and due to its proximity to the racetrack,
race car drivers.
It really means a lot to the town, Rogers says.
Robinson agrees and characterizes the airport as the gateway to
The air show will also offer a special tribute to beloved Hanover physician,
Dr. H. Schirmer Riley, who was killed in a plane crash last year. On
display will be special memorabilia from the doctors aviation
days, including the gas tank of the plane used in his 1986 flight around
the world with Jim Pirtle. Pirtle will be present to sign copies of
the book, Two Pilots One Engine, written by the two about
their adventure that took them from Madison, to Egypt, to India and
This year the Madison Airport is getting involved in social networking
as a way to share information and spark curiosity about aviation. Crawford
hopes that those interested in the air show will be sure to check out
the airports new Facebook page by searching Madison Municipal
Airport. The page includes snippets on some of the acts that will be
appearing at the show as a way of encouraging the school students
to ask questions to find out more about the planes and the maneuvers
being performed during the air show.
Before and after the air show, organizers and pilots will be using the
Facebook page to connect with aviation enthusiasts. So for Madison area
residents, the skies may be closer than they ever realized.
For more information, visit: http://cliffrobinsonaerobatics.com.
The Madison Municipal Airport is located at 3919 West IMS Lane, Madison.
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