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.
The cold snap has held us back a bit but Doug, Paul & I spent the day painting the new building. Almost done with the primer coat. Hope to get more done tomorrow. Final color for outside is a light tan with the inside light gray. Photos coming soon.
We had campers at Aviation City the last two nights even with the temps in the 30’s! I guess the fact that they are from Minnesota makes our cold tolerable.
Hope everyone has a great New Year.
Only a few days until Christmas. The Friends of Arcadia Airport Board of Directors would like to say Merry Christmas to all of you and let you know how much we appreciate your support.
This has been a busy year with fundraising and now construction of the new restroom/shower that will support Aviation City. For those of you that donated to the capitol campaign we want you to know that your donation has made this project possible. Thank you very much. We will hold a grand opening soon and if you donated and would like to attend please let us know so we can include you in the plans.
Thanks for a great year and from the Board of Directors, George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Paul & Doug we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
It was a great day to fly and we had a very broad selection of aircraft fly in for pancakes today. Small aircraft with small engines, large aircraft with large radial engines, small biplanes, large biplanes, float planes and everything in between were on the ramp at one point.
The locals turned out in force as well we even celebrated a birth day for one of our long time supporters Clel Shore who is a regular at our events. Margie Mullins won the 50/50 raffle. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to come out and support Friends of Arcadia Airport and what we are doing. All profits are used to support our community.
This was the day for many of our members to fly in to see the progress on the restroom shower project that Friends is constructing to support Aviation City, the way things are going it wont be long until the new facility will be getting used by visiting pilots. Just the center wall needs to go a bit higher then the columns can be filled with cement on Monday. (note: there is 10 yards of concrete in just the floor of this project !) The progress has been wonderful as the contractors have worked every day for the last two weeks. Concrete floor, plumbing, block walls, septic tank and drain field all about ready.
We had two guests Saturday night at Aviation City enjoying the secure on airport camping experience we offer here at Arcadia Municipal.
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