The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 19, 2013

Up to 100 pilots to compete Saturday

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Up to 100 pilots from Pennsylvania and Canada will be flying into the Penn Valley Airport on Saturday to test their skills in a barnstorming event.

Airport Manager Jim Taylor said 45 pilots have pre-registered to take part in the day-long competition that begins at 10 a.m. He said he anticipates another 50 will show up.

“Pilots never need an excuse to go flying,” he said.

Taylor, who organizes an annual air show, said he’s always looking for ways to bring the public out to the airport at 100 Airport Road and recalled the fun he had as a youngster in Lock Haven watching exhibitions of stunt flying.

Pilots will participate in four competitions. They are a precision flour bomb drop, spot landing, short takeoff run and seven airport poker run, which will have the pilots flying to seven airports to pick up a card and the individual with the best hand wins.

There is a $10 entrance fee for each event. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (570) 374-7671.