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Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport to Host Light Sport Aviation Classic

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 6, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport has joined forces with Renegade Light Sport of Lee’s Summit to bring the future of light sport aircraft to the Heart of American Sport Aviation Classic, planned for Oct. 5-7.

Tony Monetti with Renegade aircraft
Tony Monetti, UCM assistant dean of aviation and director of the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, recently announced the upcoming Light Sport Aviation Classic at the airport.

Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation and director of the airport, joined Christopher “Doc” Bailey, Lee’s Summit, in announcing the event at the airport.

Bailey, who studied aviation at UCM and is president of Renegade Light Sport, located in Lee’s Summit, Mo., explained that the company’s newest product, the Lycoming 233 LS single engine plane, will be featured at the event, along with a number of small aircraft and aviation equipment manufacturers and vendors. The event will be free and open to the public.

“This is an event that will offer something for everyone,” Monetti said. Planned events include a Memphis Belle hangar dance, featuring music of the 1940s, along with displays of historic aircraft. A special guest for the event will be a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American World War II Army Air Corps aviators.

Monetti also took the controls the the Lycoming 233 LS, making his first takeoff from Skyhaven Airport since joining the university faculty Aug. 1.

Bailey, who is president of the UCM Aviation Alumni Association, said the organization hopes the event will boost awareness the university’s nationally-recognized aviation program and the successes of many of UCM’s aviation alumni. Monetti also said the event will be designed to generate awareness of what the airport has to offer the community and Johnson County.