The Geauga County Airport in Middlefield, Ohio officially kicked off summer this year with the Planes and Pancakes Event on June 22. Hosted by The Experimental Aircraft Aviation Chapter 5, known as EAA5, there are over 900 chapter members around the world that promote the home building of airplanes. We are honored to have the 5th Chapter being established right here in Geauga County.
Are you hungry? From 7 to 11 am, a pancake breakfast was available including eggs, pancakes, choice of bacon or sausage, juice, water, pop and coffee. Cost $7 for adults and $3 for children. The men behind the cooking and serving were pilots themselves with an accumulation of over 80 years of flying experience between them.
I had the opportunity of meeting Ken Wagner, a resident of Chardon, Ohio. Ken is an Air Force WWII Veteran that was once stationed in Germany. His plane, The Sky Raider, took approximately 8 ½ years to build and was on show and for sale at a price of $12k. The engine he explained was a Hummel Engine which is ½ of a Volkswagen engine, its approximate weight 100 lbs.
Planes were constantly flying in and out at this event, some showing off their skills as accomplished pilots, while other pilots gave children ages 8 through 17 free rides in the planes, some receiving their first ride ever. Jonathan Stephens of West Farmington, Ohio, received his very first flight in a Cessna plane. After years of being afraid to fly, Jonathan says he loved it so much he plans to become a pilot himself someday.
Everyone in attendance had the chance to get up close to many different types of planes, gliders, bi-planes, antique and military planes. Pilots were standing by to answer any questions you might have, and eager to give out any information you wanted to know about the planes. The MED-EVAC Helicopter with EMT-Ps was also on display. You were allowed to get into the helicopter and examine up close what equipment was used in an emergency situation. There were several EMTs in attendance willing to answer any of your questions.
Planes, trains, and automobiles. Well, maybe there were no trains, but there were automobiles, classics and antiques ,to view near the runway. Anything from a 1969 Volkswagen bus and a midnight blue 1969 Mustang, to a 1958 Aqua 2 door Ford Coupe.
It was a perfect day to fly at The Geauga County Airport!