Kevin Dwyer flew in Monday afternoon and found himself our first official Aviation City visitor to be able to use the new restroom. Kevin is from Vermont and heard about us from a friend of his. Unfortunately we had not had time to run the test of the new shower so only the restroom was available but he had lots of hot water there. Today we ran the shower test and all works fine so we are now fully ready for pilots to use the entire facility. Our plan is to keep the restroom on the right side open at all times for X06 pilots to use 24/7. We will open the other restroom and showers for registered guests to Aviation City prior to their arrival.
Kevin below with his float plane at Aviation City. (click pix for larger view)
The dedication plaque got installed today and after the glue dries the staging will be removed and I hope the plaque will stay put. Our dedication ceremony will be Feb 23 at 9:30 am at the pilot shelter. If you made a cash donation to our capital campaign to help fund the new restroom/shower you may attend but we do want you to rsvp to us so we can have a proper head count.
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Hello airplane campers. Today, Feb. 2 , we received our final approval from the DeSoto County building department for the new restroom/shower facility. The building contains two showers and two restrooms with hot and cold water. This now completes the Aviation City long range plan we developed about 5 years ago.
Looking back to that time, we were not sure we could manage to carry out our plan for the entire project as we had strong opposition. We decided we would always take the high road and not take no for an answer. As most of you know we got many “NOs” over the years but never gave up and managed to get it done in spite of all the push back. Now we have strong support at all levels of government including the FAA. Our community support is obvious and that is bolstered by you, our Friends members, with numbers that hover around 635 strong! Thanks to you all.
We still plan some landscaping and will add an outside sink in the near future to increase the usefulness of the facility.
So if you are an airplane camper please plan to reserve a date for an overnight visit to Aviation City soon to support this great on airport campground. If you have never thought about going camping with your airplane now is the time to get the entire family together and see what all the fuss is about. Aviation City is a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy both the airport and a wooded campsite experience, where you taxi right to your campsite. Go to our website registration page and reserve your visit now for your family or group. Click Here http://foaa.us/camping-reservations/
The Friends Board of Directors
George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Paul & Doug
Friends of Arcadia Airport had a special visitor today to learn about our progress with Aviation City and the new restroom/shower facility. Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO toured the campground and was impressed with the new restrooms. The two shower ,two restroom facility will improve the airport camping experience for our guests. It will be ready for use in the next few days.
Mark flew to X06 in his twin Beechcraft Baron and spent a few hours with the Friends Board of Directors, Judy Wertz-Strickland, Mayor of Arcadia and Jaccarie Simons, Vice Mayor of Arcadia. The wind was strong and we could not keep things on the picnic tables at the pilot shelter so we held lunch in the hangar.
Friends would like to thank Mark for taking time to stop and check up on us here in Arcadia.
L to R below: Paul Moore, Jaccarie Simons, Ross Clark, Dave Hutchinson, Judy Wertz-Strickland, Joyce Chase, George Chase and Mark Baker with his Baron.