August 29, 2014

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Annual Discover Aviation Days Air Show expands to two days

Dan Marcotte's Ultimate Bi-plane flies over Lorain County Airport at the 2013 Discover Aviation Air Days Air Show. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Dan Marcotte’s Ultimate Bi-plane flies over Lorain County Airport at the 2013 Discover Aviation Air Days Air Show. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Discover Aviation Days Air Show returns Memorial Day weekend and, for the first time, the event will be spread out over two days, providing more excitement, chills and education than before.

“There was so much going on in just one day that it was almost too much,” said Paul Koziol, organizer of the air show. “This will be a little more relaxed. And it will give those people a chance to come out who couldn’t make it on the first day.”

The air show features acrobats, skydivers and airplane displays. But the focus of this air show is on educating youngsters. The Discovery Zone introduces children to all things aviation, including careers available in the field. There also will be costumed characters to greet children and have pictures taken.

A mini planetarium will show the stars. And all visitors can marvel at the future of aviation — drones.

As in previous years, airplane and helicopter rides will be available for an additional cost. World War II veterans may ride in a B-25 bomber for free with a paid $10 admission.

A night air show, complete with LED displays, pyrotechnics and a night parachute jump, ends the first day, as an interactive story is told to children. Parents will be able to download an app to their smartphone or device that allows children to follow along with the story of “Celeste Steele,” a girl with a dream of aviation.

“Personally, I cannot see my life without aviation,” Koziol said. “It helped me follow my career path. If just one person comes out and thinks, ‘I can learn to fly or be a mechanic or an air traffic controller,’ then it makes it all worth it. Our message really is educating the general public that there is an airport in Lorain County and that the economic value of the airport in the community is great. The people who are here are great. They will help anyone get involved and find something they want to do in aviation.”

For Vicki Koziol, co-organizer of the event, it’s all about the children.

“Our whole goal is to introduce kids to aviation,” she said. “We get them involved in games, different activities, simulators. Watching them get excited about planes is what it’s all about.”

And there will be plenty of planes at the air show.

In addition to the World War II B-25 bomber, visitors will view a 1929 Travel Air biplane, a 1940s Stearman biplane, an EMB 145 50-seat United Express passenger jet, a Dash 8 bombadier, gliders, helicopters and others.

And food, music and vendors.

“It’s a great event,” Vicki Koziol said. “It’s a great way to enjoy the airport. Some kids are going to love it and have his or her life changed.”

Contact Christina Jolliffe at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.

Discover Aviation Days Air Show

  • When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Lorain County Regional Airport, 44050 Russia Road, Elyria
  • Cost: $10 admission for those 18 and older; 17 and younger are free; free parking; blankets and chairs are permitted
  • For more information: Call (440) 236-6594; visit www.discover-aviation.org; or visit on Facebook.

  • Pablo Jones

    Well it would be nice if they mentioned in the article where and when this event takes place.

    • GreatRedeemer

      That would be the taxpayer subsidized Lorain County Airport.

    • tommtomm

      russia rd lorain county airport oberlin

    • Otter

      They did, bottom of the article…..

      • Pablo Jones

        That information was added after the fact. I did find the info out by doing an internet search. But it should have been in there originally. Now that I know kids are free I might swing by.

        • Steven

          it is nice that Ct let’s us advise of things missing… and that they see it and update it. Many sites don’t care.

  • tommtomm

    pablo jones: it takes place at the lorain county airport on russia rd by oberlin

  • jz

    Journalism 101. Where?

    • Otter

      Reading, 101…it’s all there

      • jz

        Got it. Too lazy to read the bottom part.

        • Otter

          Wow, honesty, a rare thing on hereT thanks for the laugh.

  • Guest

    Discover Aviation Days Air Show
    When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
    Where: Lorain County Regional Airport, 44050 Russia Road, Elyria
    Cost: $10 admission for those 18 and older; 17 and younger are free; free parking; blankets and chairs are permitted
    For more information: Call (440) 236-6595; visit http://www.discover-aviation.org; or visit on Facebook

  • Pablo Jones

    Is there a time schedule with the air show events?

  • Bubba1

    Just close the airport already. Im sick and tired of my taxes going to things like this.

  • Phil Blank

    Never made it there, but one always buzzes Lorain aboit 11:30 every year, you can hear it coming.

  • Phil Blank

    Too bsd there isn’t a shuttle bus going there.

  • Carol Smith-Hollows

    The Chronicle states that a WW II vet can ride for free but the website states “The price of a bomber ride is $425, WWII vets ride FREE, when another RIDE ticket is purchased.” Rut Roh — which one is it?