Airport (LA) Hosts Memorial Fly-In

GONZALES - Pilots from around the state will land at the Louisiana Regional Airport on Saturday for the Pat Kiger Memorial Fly-in to celebrate the airports 15th anniversary.

The fly-in, an open house style event for aviation enthusiasts, is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the airport, at the end of Loosemoore Road.

The fly-in will include a precision landing competition, "hospitality hangars," a jambalaya lunch and door prizes.

The precision landing competition is open to all pilots with fixed-wing aircraft and will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a preflight briefing at 10 a.m. The winner of the competition will be awarded a custom-designed onyx airplane trophy.

Visitors an up close look of some of aviation's most interesting aircraft including biwing open cockpit Stearman, Super Cub Pipers and Ercoupe, airport spokeswoman Janet Gonzales said.

Louisiana Regional Airport is a general aviation airport with a 4,000-foot asphalt runway and parallel taxiway one mile off La. 44.

Pat Kiger, who died in 2006, was one of a dozen pilots who first called Louisiana Regional Airport their home airport in May 1992. Over the years, Kiger was a regular participant at fly-ins across the South.

Over the years, Kiger expressed his hope for the Louisiana Regional Airport to host a fly-in.

"Pat Kiger was a friend to everyone in aviation and we sincerely hope to honor his love for people and aviation with this celebration," Gonzales said in a news release.

For information, call Gonzales at (225) 644-1959.

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