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Family Day at Airport is big success

Linda Hiller

The Aviation Association of Douglas County and the Minden-Tahoe Airport held their third annual Family Day Saturday.

More 900 free hot dogs were given away by AADC, according to Vic Redding, airport operations supervisor.

“We don’t have the exact head count on how many people came, but 900 is a pretty good ballpark figure,” he said.

Representatives from many airport tenants and users were on hand to display their various flying machines.

“This is a neat event, because it gives us a chance to show what we do here on our 1,000 acres,” Redding said. “Most of the year, the general public doesn’t get a chance to come out to the airport.”

“The Fallon Naval Air Station and the Army Guard were both there Saturday,” he said, adding that Hutt Aviation, Nifty and many of the other airport tenants were also on hand for the 5-hour event.

The DC Bar and Grill reported a slight increase in business Saturday, although according to chef Jose Arriaga, the restaurant enjoys good business every Saturday.

Soar Minden and High Country Soaring both offered reduced glider flights. Soar Minden gave away three free beginning instruction flights valued at $75 each to young people who wrote letters saying why they wanted to fly in a glider.

“We were busy with flights all day,” said Kathy Eckert of Soar Minden. “This year was much better.”

The Minden Soaring Club also had a glider on display for close-up inspection, according to Max Skovgaard of that group.

The next major event at the Minden-Tahoe Airport will be the National Glider Races July 15-24, Redding said.

“We’ll have 62 gliders coming in for that event,” he said, “and we welcome people to come out for that.”