Eugene Aldrich has been a pilot for over 40 years, and today four generations of his family can say they share a similar passion for flying high in the sky.
â??I used to be out here giving rides on the fly-ins and working with them, but Iâ??m away from it now,â?? Aldrich said, â??but my great-grand kids want to go flying. Their dad used to fly with me when he was in diapers.â??
His great-grand kids Addison and Andrew say theyâ??d even like to have a plane of their own someday.
â??A black and white one with a stripe, a black and white stripe,â?? 5-year-old Andrew Slye said.
Plane rides cost $10 for kids under 12 and $20 for adults, but a few daredevils willing to spend a couple hundred bucks could partake in tandem skydiving.
â??Itâ??s not just people who fly,â?? Centerville Municipal Airport Commission Chairman Jay Rodgers said. â??Weâ??ve got people who have got their picnic blankets out. They got their lawn chairs out; theyâ??re just sitting watching the festivities.â??
Rodgers says a $3 million five-year expansion is underway.
â??One of the reasons that we're doing this, the airport just made a big land acquisition,â?? he said. â??We're expanding quite a bit.â??â??Weâ??re looking at new hangers, expanding the airport in order to bring more people to Centerville,â?? Centerville City Councilman Jay Dillard said.
He says he couldnâ??t be more pleased with the turnout.
â??I think the staff and the pilots have done an excellent job of accommodating everybody that's come out,â?? said Dillard.
â??Itâ??s a big weekend in Centerville,â?? Aldrich said. â??Weâ??re gonna go and get a train ride in, and weâ??re gonna go to the car show.â??
â??This is the best day ever,â?? Slye said.