Despite the controversy surrounding the airport expansion project, the city and the Board of Aviation Commissioners want to ensure everyone is aware there is an airport here.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Decatur County Aviation Association will host the third annual Airport Awareness Day.
Bill Ernstes, president of the BOAC and member of the DCAA, said the event will be educational and fun for children and adults alike. There will be airport tours, plane rides, vintage cars, static displays and refreshments. Balsa airplanes will be available for children as well. Ernstes noted a new feature this year will be a kids' classroom. Corey Harper of Bulter, Fairman and Seufert will conduct a class to teach children how an airplane flies and how airports function. Ernstes said the class will hopefully lay the foundation for a love of aviation.
"We want to get some youth in Decatur County interested in aviation or help those already with an interest to maybe one day become pilots," Ernstes said.
While there are no instructions currently taught at the local airport, it is in the works in conjunction with the expansion project. Ernstes said he will also be there to answer questions and explain the expansion plans. He noted he wanted to take the opportunity to explain the BOACÕs vision for the airport, adding they have the potential to bring jobs to Greensburg and spread the tax base. With so many jobs lost in recent years, more economic development is what the area needs, he said.
"Once we get that runway, I think there are a lot of people who will want to come to Greensburg," he said.
He noted the plans for the expansion will be available for viewing and he will be able to answer any questions. Ernstes said airport awareness isnÕt just about letting people know how to find the airport but also about what it does and can do for the city and county.
"The airport makes money in more ways than one. The airport has helped Greensburg in so many ways," he said. "This shouldn't be a political issue. This is for the betterment of the community."