DISCOVER AVIATION

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DISCOVER AVIATION
Airshow Spectacular at Sundance Airport opens skies, new world to children, families

By Heide Brandes

Justin Lewis barely fits into the FLS Microjet he built. One of the tiniest planes to fly, Lewis built the jet himself and is a regular star at airshows around the nation.

Once the tiny plane starts up, however, there is no doubt about its ability to fly. It launches nearly straight up into the air and can go higher than 14,000 feet, though Lewis says he doesn’t go higher than that.

He’s one of many pilots who found their passion for flight as a child, and at the Sundance Airport in Oklahoma City, the Discover Aviation Airshow Spectacular is designed to expose children and adults to that same passion for flight.

Discover Aviation will be held May 24 at Sundance Airport and presented by Sundance Flight
Academy and sponsored by US Fleet Tracking.

This event allows the most novice of aviation students to aeronautics nuts the chance to meet career pilots, watch them in action, learn about aviation and even take flight. Admission is free and the event has been a huge hit in the past.

“Discover Aviation is designed to teach people about careers in aviation and to get people excited about aviation,” said Heather Sterzick, pilot and manager at the airport. “We have a whole generation of pilots who are getting older, and the event will draw a younger crowd for not only the aviation field, but our flight academy at the airpark as well.”

Nearly 600 people attended the event last year. With trick aerobatics pilots, experimental aircrafts, free flights and more, the event raises the excitement for families and children.
Booths from such organizations as Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma City Police, the Air Force and more will also be open to those curious about careers in aviation.

The event will feature an amazing airshow packed with talented performers, flights by the FLS Microjet, displays of beautiful aircrafts of all varieties, chances to win flights, special guest presentations and helicopter rides.

“This year, we will have a full airshow,” Sterzick said. “We expect to attract 5,000 to 8,000 to the airshow this year. It’s an amazing event for families. They can learn about flight, about aviation careers, talk to pilots and even try a flight simulator.”

Highlight performers include Skip Stewart with “Prometheus” Pitts 2-2s; Kyle Franklin flying his Dracula Demon-1; Dr. Brent Hisey flying Miss America P-51 and Lewis with his FLS Microjet.
Gates open at 9 a.m. with airshows from noon to 4 p.m.

Sundance Airport, established and located in Oklahoma City since 1944, has quickly become a leader in the aviation industry. Recently acquired by Jerry Hunter, Sundance is on its way to becoming the most modern and first-class private airport in operation.

As a way of reaching out to the community, Sundance Flight Academy is home to a groundbreaking new flight instruction program specifically tailored to the unique demands of high school students age 16 and up.

The first of its kind in the State of Oklahoma, Sundance Flight Academy offers students the opportunity to excel, to discover a world beyond Xbox and Facebook through flight lessons and more.

For more about Sundance Airport or Discover Aviation, visit www.sundanceairport.com


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