Colusa Old Tyme Fly-In this Saturday

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Max Pedrick, of Dixon, and pilot Dr. Robert Ensley, of Fairfield, get the thumbs up to take off from the Colusa Airport in a RV 7, following the Colusa Fly-in last Saturday.

If you don’t fly an airplane you can still love looking at them. And there is no better place to do that than at the 23rd annual Old Tyme Fly-In on July 13 at the Colusa County Airport.

The annual event started more than two decades ago to remind Colusa County residents that the local airport is more than just a base for agricultural operations.

“It’s an event the Colusa County Aviation Association puts on every year,” said Sherman MacPherson, a member of the association.“We’re promoting our airport and hopefully getting our young people interested in flying. It’s a fun event for families.”

The fly-in will get underway with a pancake breakfast beginning at 7:30 AM, inside Sacramento River Aviation’s hanger, located at 2913 Highway 20, in Colusa.

The fly-in typically features a variety of old and new aircraft, from World War II fighters to homemade aircraft that were made from kits. There will also be a few classic and antique cars on display.

“We try to mix it up a little bit,” MacPherson said. “Airplanes and cars seem to go hand in hand.”

The pancake breakfast is open to the public for $6 (free for participating pilots and their passengers) and will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Water and soda will be available for $1.

The number and kinds of airplanes and helicopters that fly into the Colusa Airport for the event varies from year to year, but there is sure to be something on diplay of interest for everyone.

Awards will be given out at 11 AM for the farthest traveled, best looking plane, oldest aircraft, and the people’s choice, the last being selected by ballot vote.

There will also be tons of raffle prizes donated by individuals and businesses. Tickets are $1 each, eight for $5, or 20 for $10. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Since its start, the Colusa Old Tyme Fly-In has served to promote the airport and generate interest in aviation.

“What we also do it try to promote the city and local businesses,” he said.

The popular community event is expected to wrap up around noon before mid-day temperatures take hold of the valley.