Usually a Business After Hours is held in the evening. But last Saturday that pattern was broken as small planes and one helicopter set their flight pattern for the North Fork Valley Airport.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce, the airport and the Paonia pilots put on a wonderful Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast.
Pilot Larry Garrett flipped omelets while others flipped pancakes. It was a sunny morning and folks loved watching the planes land and take off. They also had the opportunity to speak with a number of the pilots. Garrett likes to mention the "$100 hamburger," which means the pilots love to fly somewhere just to get a hamburger, but the fuel cost is about $100. So, for those who flew in Saturday, they enjoyed the flight and their "$100 breakfast."
As people walked along the tarmac they got a close-up view of the planes and experimental planes. Bob Turner brought his hand-built one-seater helicopter to the airport on a flat bed trailer. Turner said he doesn't get scared
flying his helicopter any more. His windowless helicopter is similar to "flying a motorcycle in the sky." It even has a big muffler. Turner built the helicopter in 600 hours over a period of four years.
"Between April and October I'm out every weekend with it," Turner said. "It has a two-hour flight time limit. I usually just fly to Delta and play around the valley."
The helicopter has 95 horsepower. "It gets about two hours of maintenance for every hour of flight time."blog comments powered by Disqus