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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943


Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport Hosts Sport Aviation Classic

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 28, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri Department of Aviation and Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport will join forces with Renegade Light Sport of Lee’s Summit to host the Heart of American Sport Aviation Classic Oct. 4-7 at Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, located west of Warrensburg on U.S. Highway 50.

The event will bring aviation enthusiasts together to provide the public with a variety of opportunities to learn more about the airport, UCM aviation programs, and light sport aviation, considered to be future of private aviation and aviation training. The event is free and open to the public.

The event kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday. UCM President Chuck Ambrose will be joined by university officials and the mayor of Warrensburg in opening the event.

Breakfast will be served each day of the event from 9-11 a.m. Aviation re-enactors will make public presentations from 1-2 p.m. each day, and a pub crawl is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, beginning at Fitter’s in downtown Warrensburg.

The event continues Friday, with classes offered in composite repair, tube and fabric repair and a 3-D CADD aviation program for light sport aviation enthusiasts. A live auction is planned for 8 p.m. Friday in Hangar 2 to raise funds for the UCM Alumni Aviation Scholarship Fund.

Saturday’s events include free airplane rides for children provided by the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) from 9-11 a.m. Ed King, president of the Heart of American chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, will be on hand in Hangar 2 to sign autographs and provide information about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Memphis Belle 1940s dance, with music provided by a live jazz band, is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, also in Hangar 2.

Throughout the event, a variety of vendors will be on hand to provide information on available equipment and technology, including the Lycoming 233 LS single engine plane manufactured by Renegade. Light sport aircraft owners also will be on hand to display their aircraft and answer questions.

For more information, contact the UCM Department of Aviation at 660-543-4975.