Friends of Santa Monica Airport invite the public to attend “A Day at Santa Monica Airport” in celebration of Santa Monica Airport.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the airport observation deck, and gives the public an opportunity to come out and meet the people who fly, work and support the community at the airport, said a representative of the organization.

The day will be packed with activities, displays and opportunities to fly, meet the air traffic controllers and the aircraft mechanics that provide maintenance and repair services to the aircraft. The public will be allowed to speak with and learn from local pilots and professionals who use the airport for business, humanitarian flights and recreation.

“The Santa Monica Airport is a vital asset to the community and the region. Come out and meet the people who work and fly at the airport. It will be a fun and exciting day for everyone,” said Robby Rowbotham, president of the organization.

Enjoy food, educational displays, and fun for the whole family with activities that include free, “Young Eagles” flights for kids aged eight to 17, provided by volunteer pilots; viewing classic aircraft up close, such as the Stearman biplane, a WWII P51 Mustang, and a Pitts biplane; discounted discovery flights to experience firsthand the joy and excitement of being a pilot; introductory flight lessons; learning about the history of aviation and the Santa Monica Airport; and airport police and firefighters will also be available for questions (subject to availability).

The Friends of Santa Monica Airport is a non-profit organization of pilots, air traffic controllers, and aircraft maintenance professionals. Members of the group have been serving the Los Angeles community for over 30 years. The organization’s mission is to promote aviation at Santa Monica Airport, to educate the public to the past, present and futures benefits of aviation and thereby preserve the community.

Information and registration at www.FOSMO.org, www.friendsofsantamonicaairport.org /.

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