Airport holding b-day bash

Penticton airport will be celebrating its birthday this month, and wants the community to join the fun. 

Sunday, July 22 will be Airport Day, to mark the 76th consecutive year that the airport has been operating in the region. 

The celebration aims to highlight the benefits of having an airport in the community, and will feature a host of aviation activities open to the public to attend. 

Off the bat at 8 a.m. there will be a pancake breakfast, followed by self-guided tours of the airport hangars with aviation experts on hand to field questions. Attendees can also tour the airport tower and view water bombers and search-and-rescue aircraft, which will be on display. 

A kids zone will feature a flight simulator and paper airplanes, and there will be music and a barbecue as the day goes on, finishing up at 3 p.m.

The Penticton Flying Club will present Transport Canada with a plaque as part of an official ceremony recognizing 76 years of operation. 

“Penticton Airport connects Penticton with the world," said Ron Johnson, event organizer. "Forecasts are that Penticton Airport will service 210,000 passengers annually before 2021."

The event is free to attend, and takes place at the airport all day long. 

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