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Fly-in draws families, aviation buffs to Belfast

By Stephanie Grinnell | Sep 17, 2019
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell A child's head is barely visible as he sits in the cockpit of a plane at an open house at Belfast Municipal Airport Sept. 14.

Belfast — For the fifth year, Belfast Municipal Airport hosted an open house and fly-in sponsored by the Belfast Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1434.

The grounds were open to the public Saturday, with planes taking off and landing throughout the day. Families were in abundance early on, with children seated inside several planes or taking short flights with volunteer pilots. Later in the day, helicopter rides were offered for a fee, and visitors also were treated to live music.

Around 12:30 p.m., one plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Northport Golf Club when its engine stalled, according to the club’s Paula Herron. The plane landed on the No. 5 fairway, she said, and nobody was hurt.

Displays by airport-affiliated clubs included Angel Flight Northeast, athenahealth, Aviation Career Education Camp, Downeast Emergency Medicine Institute Search and Rescue, Katahdin Wings Chapter of the 99s, LifeFlight of Maine, a local flight school, Maine Aeronautics Association, Maine Forest Service, Patient Airlift Services, Pilots N Paws, Waldo County Emergency Management Mobile Communications, and Waldo County Search and Rescue, as well as representatives of Young Eagles, a program that teaches children between 7 and 13 how to fly small aircraft.



This plane sits on the No. 5 fairway at Northport Golf Club where it landed Sept. 14 after its engine stalled. Witnesses say there were no injuries. (Courtesy of: Paula Herron)
A large plane taxis to its spot on the tarmac at Belfast Municipal Airport. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Family members take photos with their phones as a young man prepares to take to the skies with an experienced pilot. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
A plane takes off at Belfast Municipal Airport Sept. 14 during an open house and fly-in. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
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Comments (3)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Sep 18, 2019 15:24

That is one sweet RV-8. Can't make it this year. Maybe I'll fly in next year.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Sep 17, 2019 17:14

  • Nordic Aqua Farm (NAF) is primarily about meeting global consumer demand as well as providing food security to the United States.
  • Achieving food security is more important than side impacts to the land/environment
  • Critiques surrounding feed, disease, water impact, etc. will all be addressed by future technology. For example, within 3 years most salmon farms like NAF will use zero fish meal in their feed.
  • Industrial salmon should not be a threat to wild-caught nor other values-based seafood. NAF is meeting a distinct market demand for cheap salmon. If they don't meet that demand someone else will.

If small and medium scale fishermen are struggling, its a failure of their ability (and the government's ability) to effectively market their catch

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Sep 17, 2019 15:26

Nice pics Stephanie. I attended and it was a great event. Spoke to several pilots who were very proud of their aircraft. Maybe you can release these pics to the City of Belfast to add to their anemic picture slideshow on their new, shiny website. There are probably a couple hundred pictures of Belfast and surrounding area out on the internet and the City has the same old stale pics from the old website.

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