The Georgetown County Airport will celebrate National Aviation Week in a big way this month. On Saturday, Aug. 24, the airport will host a day of free, family-friendly events intended to expose people of all ages to both the airport and all the wonders of aviation.
One of the biggest things happening that day is what could be a record-breaking number of kids experiencing their first flights and the awe of a birds’ eye view through the Young Eagles program.
“Our trusted team of airport volunteers will be attempting to fly as many children ages 8-17 as possible,” said Jim Taylor, manager of the Georgetown County Airport. “This is both awesome for the children and an incredible giving gesture from our local pilots who donate their aircraft and time. We are trying to get as many of our local youth excited as we are about general aviation.”
Applications to fly in the Young Eagle program are available at the airport and must be turned in before the flight.
The day’s festivities will also feature two aerobatic performances by Robert Dickson Jr. in his North American P-51 Mustang, The Swamp Fox, which was featured at the airport last year during a static display in honor Aviation Week. Dickson will showcase how graceful and maneuverable the P-51 truly is, Taylor said.
“He is currently flying the airshow circuit and we are fortunate that he fit us into his busy schedule,” Taylor added.
The aerobatic displays are tentatively set for noon and 2 p.m.
A static aircraft display at the airport will feature the little brother to the North American P-51, three North American AT-6s. The T6s were the training aircraft for all pilots before flying the P-51s.
Much like last year’s festivities, Taylor said this year’s Aviation Week Celebration will be all about getting kids and their families to the airport to see and learn. It’s a mission that falls in line with a large component of the airport’s long-range plan, which calls for increased public outreach and education about careers in aviation. There is a huge pilot shortage right now, Taylor said. Kids need to know there are ample opportunities right here for good paying jobs in the aviation field – many that don’t require a four-year college degree.
For more information about Aviation Week festivities and programs at the Georgetown Airport, call (843) 545-3638.