Action in the air at Aviation Day

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
T-34 planes line up after flying in formation following a 2012 Aviation Day event at Shelbyville Municipal Airport. This year’s event, the first since 2014, will be held on April 28.
T-G File Photo by Mitchell Petty

Shelbyville Municipal Airport will hold Aviation Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring fly-bys, static displays and various other activities. There's no charge for admission or parking, and local youth and school organizations will provide concessions.

"I want everybody in the community to know that this is their airport," said airport director Paul Perry. While the event won't qualify as an air show, it will still have plenty to interest the public, from corporate jets to home-built kit aircraft and antique planes -- "everything that we can come up with related to aviation," said Perry.


A visitor at the 2012 Aviation Day gets a close look at an aircraft.
T-G File Photo by Mitchell Petty

Perry is still finalizing the list of participants, but said his plan is to start with a sky-diving demonstration and have some sort of fly-by each hour, with smaller demonstrations -- such as drone flights -- on the half hour. There will also be plenty of static displays, allowing visitors to get a first-hand look at various types of aircraft and Middle Tennessee State University will bring its flight simulator.

Aircraft rides will be available at discounted prices and also given away as door prizes.

The airport last hosted this type of Aviation Day back in 2012, drawing about 1,000 visitors. An event was scheduled for March 2014 but had to be cancelled due to weather. There were preliminary discussions about an event last year, but personnel changes at the airport caused it to be postponed until this year.