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Drake Field Fly-in
For Immediate Release
 
May 5, 2017
 
Summer Fallen
Financial Coordinator
Aviation Services Department
479-718-7641
sfallen@fayetteville-ar.gov
 

Public Invited to Attend Fun-filled Day at the 2017 Drake Field Fly-in
 
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The City of Fayetteville invites all to the Drake Field Fly-in on Saturday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Municipal Airport (4500 S. School Avenue). Fly-in events are similar to an open house; however, some of the guests arrive by plane! Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, families, and friends are encouraged to “fly-in” or drop by and enjoy free lunch provided by Tyson, Afterglow Aircraft Services, Garver Engineering, and Midland Industrial Service. Activities for the day include:
  • Meet and greet with Razorback mascot, Big Red
  • Kids’ games and facepainting
  • Opportunities to learn and explore
  • Discounted aviation fuel service
  • $2-off voucher for the Arkansas Air and Military Museum admission (hanger is closed May 13 for a private event)
Drake Field, is owned and operated by the City of Fayetteville. In 1929, Drake Field was established with the help of Dr. Noah Drake, a University of Arkansas geology professor, who donated $3,500 to purchase land that was used to construct an airport for the City. In 1936, the residents of Fayetteville approved a $20,000 bond to buy a half-mile square plot of land, one mile south of the original location, to construct the airport at its present site. On April 14, 1947, the airfield was officially named Drake Field in honor of Dr. Drake.
 
For half a century, Drake Field (FYV) served the citizens of Northwest Arkansas with commercial airline service. In 1999, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) opened to accommodate the needs of our rapidly growing region. Today, Drake Field serves the general aviation community of Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas, and the world. As a first-class business and recreational airport, Drake Field has gracefully matured into a beautiful and superior airfield that honors the aviation traditions of its past and has its compass aimed sternly toward a bright future. With many new facilities and services, our community airport continues to grow and thrive. Drake Field is on its way to becoming the premier general aviation airport in Northwest Arkansas. Learn more about the Fayetteville Aviation Services Department and Drake Field on the City’s website here.

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