Every year on Memorial Day weekend, the town of Brookings holds its Azalea Festival in celebration of a local wild flower, the Azalea. The event lasts the entire weekend, with parades, music, food, and lots of other interesting activities. The Brookings Flying Club holds their annual Airport Day on Sunday of that weekend.

Stop by to learn about aviation, your local airport, and ask how you too can become a pilot.

The club will offer plane rides to the public for $20 per person. Kids under 14 accompanied by 2 adults will fly for free. The club uses a reservation system that has worked very well. A time slot is assigned to the ticket holder, and they can wander and do other things, and not have to stand in a long line. The rides are very popular.

Helicopter rides will be provided by Cal-Or Life Flight for $40 per person. A few years ago we had three T-28 Trojans arrive in formation, doing several low passes before landing and going on display all day.

The club also will have a float in the Azalea parade on Saturday.

The Brookings Flying Club puts on this annual event to help promote and stimulate community interest and involvement in aviation, to promote aviation safety, to ensure the continued viability of facilities at the Brookings Airport, and to provide educational opportunities for the youth of Curry County through a scholarship program. One of the many goals of the Brookings Flying Club is to interest youth in pursuing an aviation career. Accordingly, the Brookings Flying Club provides scholarships for students seeking an education in that field. For more information, please visit the “Scholarship Program” page under “Aviation Resources”.

More information about the 2017 Airport Day will be coming soon.