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Meadow Lake hosts media day

In conjunction with International Learn to Fly Day, Meadow Lake Airport hosted a media and officials day May 16 to provide information on the important role the airport plays as a Federal Aviation Administration reliever airport, and to bring awareness to the multiple businesses and programs housed at the airport.Dave Elliott, president of the Meadow Lake Airport Association, gave an overview of the airport and its myriad of functions. He also discussed the airport and the effects of federal funding. As mentioned in the April issue of The New Falcon Herald, the airport has plans to resurface their runway. Because federal funding was lower than expected, Elliott said the project will likely be ìpushed back.î The runway resurfacing job had been scheduled for 2017.The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 72 members also presented at the event. Several members volunteered their time and their planes to media and officials, offering brief flight tours.The Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado and its current students attended as well. ìSeveral of the students have gone on to become drone and public pilots,î said Vann Norred, program manager of AEFCO. The students are all students from various local high schools.The High Flights Soaring Club discussed their capabilities. ìWe soar between 10 and 18 thousand feet, and can fly 150 to 200 miles around the airport,î said John Scott, club president. The HFSC has a youth membership category, and members can solo at age 14. Scott said they also provide towing services for the Civil Air Patrol, and they manage the Soaring Eagle Foundation, which teaches veterans to fly.Meadow Lake Airport is also hosting an open house for the public on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and food vendors will be set up all day. Flight demonstrations will be provided, and planes will be on static display; and they are holding raffles for airplane rides. More information can be found at, or by contacting the EAA chapter 72 at

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