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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 21, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport will host the Skyhaven Airport Community Air Show Saturday, Sept. 7.
The event will offer the public an opportunity to tour the airport facilities, take aircraft rides, see WWII and modern aircraft, and experience a variety of activities related to aviation. The air show gates will open at 9 a.m. with the scheduled performances beginning at noon and running through 4 p.m.
“This year’s show will offer something for everyone,” said Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation at UCM. “In addition to offering a fun day for the family, we’re focusing on education, so there will be a variety of opportunities to learn about aviation from some of the most experienced pilots in the profession while viewing firsthand the latest in aviation technology and equipment. We also want to let everyone know what Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport has to offer the community and surrounding areas.”
The Air Show also will feature a reunion of UCM aviation alumni and former faculty, with the Department of Aviation honoring veteran UCM aviation faculty member Fred Schiezer. All UCM aviation alumni are invited to attend the air show and renew acquaintances.
This year’s show will include seven aerobatic performances and include rides in multiple aircraft. A highlight of the airshow will be an aerobatic demonstration by Joe “Rifle” Shetterly of Skyhaven-based Rifle Airshows, flying the Vans RV-8, a custom-designed aerobatic airplane. Performing at 2 p.m., he will execute a variety of precision aerobatics and be available to sign autographs.
A resident of Warrensburg, Rifle is a former A-10 West Demo pilot who is an active instructor pilot in the A-10. He holds a commercial pilot certificate in gliders, single-engine, and multi-engine airplanes and has logged more than 4,000 hours in 116 different makes and models to date, with 1,400-plus hours in the A-10, and 1,400-plus hours as a civilian flight instructor.
A second highlight of the airshow will be Erik Edgren’s comedy airshow performance. Edgren has worked as a flight instructor and instructor/pilot for an air combat school in the AT-6/SNJ, and as a corporate pilot in the Lear jets and King Air. He has flown more than150 different makes and models of aircraft.
For a nominal fee, Johnny Rowlands, veteran helicopter pilot and traffic reporter for KMBC-TV, Channel 9 in Kansas City, will be on hand providing helicopter rides. Also on display and available for rides will be the B-25J Mitchell World War II bomber, “Show Me,” a SNJ-6 WWII Fighter Trainer, and a Stinson Junior for those seeking a nostalgic vintage ride.
In keeping with the air show’s theme of education, airport staff and UCM aviation faculty and students will be on hand to provide information on Department of Aviation educational opportunities, as well as the
individual and corporate aviation services available at Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport. Inspired by the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, art by area students relating to aviation will be on display and results of the essay contest will be announced, with the winner receiving a $1,000 UCM aviation scholarship.
Food and beverages will be available from a variety of vendors, and parking will be available on site for the disabled. If needed, additional parking will be available at the Johnson County Fair Grounds with bus transportation to the Airshow. Vendors who desire to be part of the event are encouraged to contact Tanner Rindels, airport operations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is open and free to the public. Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri, is located four miles west of Warrensburg on U.S. Highway 50. The airport serves as a training facility for the university’s aviation program while also serving Johnson County, Mo., as a public community airport.
For more information on the airshow please call Skyhaven Airport at 660-543-4921 or visit, www.ucmo.edu/aviation.