Group of planes loan plane for exhibit at Western Nebraska Regional Airport | Aeronautics

Jeff Robbins, right, and David Kiraly, are members of Local 608 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. This Rutan Long EZ single-seater aircraft is on loan for display at the Western Nebraska Regional Airport. It was built by local businessman Joe Ostry in his basement and garage.

JERRY PURVIS / Star-Herald


The Western Nebraska Regional Airport has a new static display in the Main Terminal, a homemade Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 608 local aircraft.

Jeff Robbins, EAA member and airport board member, gave an overview of the aircraft and the association to his fellow board members at their monthly meeting.

“Our organization started in 1953 in Wisconsin to develop and develop the pleasure of flying,” said Robbins. “Today, members still build planes and restore old planes. Just as county fairs promote the fun of farming, so do theft. “

Each June, the local EAA chapter helps organize the Airport Appreciation Day, which includes a pilot fly-by around the Panhandle, static displays of planes of all sizes, to other demonstrations. .

“Our Appreciation Day is all about getting people here to see what the airport has to offer the community,” said Robbins. “We want people to familiarize themselves with flying.”

During Appreciation Day, the local EAA Chapter also offers Young Eagle flights. The free program gives children 17 and under their first flying experience.

The goal of the Young Eagles program is to get young people interested in aviation as a career while pushing the fun side of the industry.

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