2017-09-07 / Front Page

Airport open house next Thursday will showcase facilities, operations


Stunt pilot Gary Ward will provide another of his spectacular mini air shows at next week’s open house. Stunt pilot Gary Ward will provide another of his spectacular mini air shows at next week’s open house. Next Thursday, September 14, from 6-8 p.m., the Washington-Wilkes Airport will be the site of an open house to which the public is invited. The whole event is designed to familiarize the public with the facilities and operations of the airport. “We also hope to demonstrate the importance of the airport to the community, especially in the area of economic development,” organizer George Brooks said.

The combination event will be hosted by the W-W Chamber of Commerce and the event sponsor, Lead Edge Design Group, the engineering firm that plans and oversees the airport’s development.

“This is a great opportunity to see and learn first-hand the services the airport provides,” Chamber Executive Director John Singleton said. “Lead Edge Design will explain the increased potential provided by recent developments at the airport and there will be plenty of food and networking opportunities. We also plan to raffle for free, short plane rides for a fantastic aerial view of beautiful Washington-Wilkes.”


Clara Sutton enjoys a cockpit tour provided by Lead Edge’s Reg Weaver at a recent airport open house. Clara Sutton enjoys a cockpit tour provided by Lead Edge’s Reg Weaver at a recent airport open house. In addition, world-renowned aerobatics pilot Gary Ward is scheduled to make another grand entrance with one of his spectacular mini airshows.

Lead Edge engineers, including Phil Eberly and Lauren Crosby, who work with the Wilkes County Airport Commission on a continuing basis, will provide a short program outlining the importance of the airport to economic development and also some of the immediate and long-range plans for expansion and development of the airport itself. Maps and aerial photographs will show historical and current views of the airport as well as proposed enhancements.

“Come join us and bring a friend,” Singleton invited. The airport is located at 351 Airport Road, just off of U.S. Hwy. 78 about five miles west of Washington.

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