The Pilot Fly-In is your one stop shop for toy planes and real planes and an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.
â??We have the Ottumwa Radio control flyers here do an amazing job entertaining people with their aerobatic skills, and we have the Indian Hills Community College Aviation Department teaching people about careers in aviation,â?? Stacey Reese, Executive Director of Tourism for the Villages of Van Buren, said.
For the past 13 years, both pilots and plane enthusiasts of all ages have been coming out to the Keosauqua Airport for the annual event.
â??Youâ??ve got farmers, doctors, lawyers, but youâ??ve got everybody who loves flying and people who would always want to be flying,â?? Pilot Rick Michalek said.
Michalek has had his pilotâ??s license for 35 years. He bought this 1946 Piper J3 Cub in the year 2000.
â??This was the plane that was made available at that time and they produced about 10,000 of them,â?? Michalek said. â??Thereâ??s about 5,000 flying now, and itâ??s still very collectable.â??
Hannah Charbonneauâ??s grandfather is also a pilot.
â??I guess itâ??s just fun because you get to have a free ride whenever you want,â?? Charbonneau said.
While flying sometimes gives her butterflies in her stomach, she normally finds plane rides very relaxing.
â??It feels good. You can just take your mind off of everything,â?? she said.
Between learning about aviation and the delicious food, everyone seemed to have an enjoyable experience.
â??I always enjoy the little remote controls besides the big planes, but the remotesâ??itâ??s surprising what they can do,â?? participant Mark Woodruff said.â??Seeing everything.â?? Evan Masterson, 11, said.â??Just the feelingâ??thereâ??s the expression weightlessness, thatâ??s completely amazing,â?? Brad Swanson, 12, said.
â??Itâ??s a great way to bring the kids out, bring your lawn chairs, look at all the unique planes, learn a little bit about avation,â?? Reese said.