Eyes to the Skies: Aviation Day Attracts Warbirds, Skydivers
April 19, 2018
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  • Vintage airplanes, drones and skydivers will soon make their way to Shelbyville for Aviation Day.

    The event, hosted by Shelbyville Municipal Airport, is planned for Saturday, April 28.

    Activities are designed to engage aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

    Airplanes on display throughout the day will include Bonanzas, Yaks, T-34s and a fixed wing aircraft used by Vanderbilt LifeFlight.

    Different look

    There will also be several “unique and experimental” aircrafts on display, according to Shelbyville Municipal Airport Operations Coordinator Matt Hews.

    Middle Tennessee State University aerospace students will be bringing a Cessna Skyhawk 172 to the event.

    The students were recently awarded use of the aircraft through Textron Aviation Inc.’s 2018 Top Hawk program.

    They will be allowed to use the plane to “support flight training, recruiting efforts and promotional activities” through September, according to a media release from MTSU.

    MTSU was one of five schools chosen to receive a plane through the program this year.

    Up in the air

    Aviation Day will kick-off with parachuters and wrap-up with warbirds.

    Other entertainment will include formation flights, food vendors and flight simulators provided by MTSU.

    A plane ride provided by Shelbyville Flight Academy, as well as a donated piece of jewelry, will be raffled off at the event.

    Information and resources will be available for those interested in learning to fly a plane.

    For those hoping to make aviation more than just a hobby, recruiters from local aerospace programs will be present.

    Army and National Guard recruiters are also expected to attend.

    Aviation Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Entry into the event is free, and the whole family is encouraged to attend.

    “We want everyone to come out and experience aviation,” Hews said.

    He said organizers plan to introduce sponsorship levels and expand the event to include more activities next year.