Fly-in returns to Allegan's Padgham field Father's Day

By: 
Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

Allegan Area Pilots Association is hosting a Father’s Day pancake breakfast and fly-in at Padgham Field, 740 Grand St., Sunday, June 15, from 7 a.m. to noon.

This year’s fly-in is a resurgence of the previously annual event.
 
Airport manager Aaron Haskin said the airport has been in transition during the past couple of years and the event fell to the wayside. 
 
Fixed-base operator Derek Mulder said the pilots association is simply doing what they did in the past.
 
“They disbanded for a couple of years but it has come back together now with a much better foothold,” he said.
 
The pancake breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice said Haskin. There is a cost.
 
Haskin said those who attend will see warbirds, twin engine experimental aircraft kit planes and the helicopter from Bronson Hospital. 
 
“Right now we have about 25 aircraft we know will be in here,” he said. “Typically we see between 25 and 75 aircraft.”
 
Haskin said the event typically draws pilots from as far as Indiana, Ludington and Lansing.
 
Mulder said the number of planes largely depends on the weather that day. 
 
A small aircraft will be available for plane rides. Cost for the rides is $25 for adults, $5 for children 5 and older. Younger children fly free.
 
The fire department, police department, EMS and a rescue team will attend and bring their equipment.
 
 
 

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