2018-07-08 / News

Chesaning welcomes Freedom Fly July 14 and Dawn Patrol Breakfast July 15

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – The Chesaning Sport Plane and Michigan Ultralight associations will host the annual Fly-in Weekend at Howard Nixon Memorial Airport, 204 S. 4th St., on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Each day offers different exhibitors and unique experiences.

It’s an opportunity to see a wide variety of small aircraft up close, visit with the pilots and watch a variety of flying demonstrations both days. Car parking is available in the adjacent lots or along the street.


On Saturday, July 14, the Michigan Ultralight Association hosts the Freedom Fun Fly from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

Ultralight planes are lightweight fixed-wing aircraft seating either one or two people. The Freedom Fun Fly features Ultralight and powered parachute aircraft as well as light sport planes. If weather permits, there will be flying competitions and demonstrations during the day.

Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Pilots interested in participating in the Freedom Fly on Saturday, should visit the website http://www.michiganultralight.org/


On Sunday, July 15, the Chesaning Sport Plane Association and Chesaning Rotary Club will host the Dawn Patrol Breakfast at the airport from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Breakfast is $8 each for adults; $4 each for kids ages 5-12; and free for children age 4 and under.

Pilots, flying enthusiasts and spectators are encouraged to walk the flight line of sport and antique planes and helicopters parked along the runway. An announcer will describe the planes as they take off and land on the Chesaning airport’s grass runways.

This year, two aircraft will be offering rides (flying) at $30 per seat. For those who prefer to keep both feet on the ground, radio-controlled aircraft and drones will be on display.

Michigan State Police and Lifeguard helicopters will also be on display.

A vendor will be making World War II-style dog tags.

There are several activities for children at Sunday’s Dawn Patrol event. The airplane barrel train returns, providing young children with a ride around the festivities. Clowns and face painters are also there to entertain the children.

New this year, kids can help an elf assemble a wooden plane, helicopter or train at the Sawdust Santa tent. The toys are distributed to underprivileged children in southern Shiawassee County.

Pilots interested in Sunday’s activities should visit the Chesaning Sport Plane Association on Facebook. Pilots should note that there is no fuel available at the Chesaning airport. Watch for cross traffic and use caution, as both runways will be in use.

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