Fly-in breakfast draws crowd in support of Stettler Airport

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  • Sep. 7, 2011 7:00 p.m.

On the fly - Crowds gather at the Stettler Airport on Labour Day Monday for the annual Fly-in Breakfast. It was an opportunity for visitors to check out airplanes and also raise money for the airport.

JULIE BERTRAND

Independent reporter

More than 800 Stettler area residents showed up at the Stettler Airport annual Fly-in Breakfast on Monday to look at interesting airplanes and raise money for the airport.

Some people were queuing up to get breakfast while others watched airplanes come in from central Alberta.

“The good weather brought in a lot of airplanes and a lot of people from the town and the area,” said Don Rasmussen, one of the organizers of the event.

The goal of the breakfast is to promote aviation and the airport.

“It is important to have an airport in a community for lots of reasons, medical or industrial and what not,” Rasmussen said.

“There are a lot of people that fly out of here that are club members and they also own businesses in town.”

Around 10:30 a.m., there were 68 airplanes on the tarmac and more coming in.

“This is a good year. Calm wind and blue skies help bring people in,” Rasmussen said.

One big yellow airplane from Innisfail had more than its fair share of onlookers at the end of the tarmac.

“It is a Harvard airplane, which is a World War II trainer from the 1940s,” Rasmussen said.

The money raised from the breakfast will go toward running the airport.

“It will help the Stettler Flying Club to put on events like this,” Rasmussen said.

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