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Willits Fly-Ins

When Pigs Fly-In

 When Pigs Fly-In

Willits Minicipal Airport / Ells Field (O28)

Great Food at Your Favorite Airport!

#1 - Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Catered by Taqueria Ramirez

Authentic Mexican Food: Burritos, Tacos, Enchiladas, Tortas, Sodas, Chips

Featuring: The Orville Burrito - The Best Pork Burrito You've Ever Had!

Fly in early! Beautiful mountain-top location! Bring family and friends! 

Freshen up in our Pilot Lounge. Sit at our new Redwood Tables.

Enter your stuffed pig in the Best Pig Contest.
Souvenir T-shirts available: "I Pigged Out at When Pigs Fly-In!"


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Willits Airport Day

& Kinetic Fly-In

a "Flying Success"!

The 2013 Willits Airport Day & Kinetic Fly-In was a "flying success," says airport manager Dan Ramsey. Two aircraft and a helicopter flew more than 130 people for aerial rides over the valley. The airport sold three hundred gallons of aviation fuel. At least 21 aircraft flew in for the event from Agua Dulce, Branscomb, Calipatria, Garberville, Grass Valley, Healdsburg, Lakeport, Nevada City, Redding, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Vacaville and other airports.

The REACH helicopter was a popular draw, as were the CHP airplane and helicopter. As always, the Brooktrails and Little Lake Fire Departments were on hand to demonstrate their services and let children sit in the fire trucks. Ashes, the arson dog, also was popular. The Willits American Legion post raised the flag. The National Weather Service answered questions about weather and Lisa Epstein of State Farm held a popular paper-airplane flying contest. The Jumpin' Bean Party Rentals provided a free bounce house that was very popular with young people. Author Ron Stamps sold and autographed his book on the history of the early Willits Airport.

Volunteer John Sherman drove the shuttle van for 16 trips between the airport and Kinetic Carnivale carrying 60 passengers. The shuttle van was on loan from Marcella Chandler. City Manager Adrienne Moore took the shuttle up the hill to enjoy Airport Day and Councilman Ron Orenstein bought helicoper rides for family members.

With afternoon temperatures in the 90s, many visitors took advantage of the shade of the new Pilot Pavilion and a nearby hangar. Food sales were down from last year, but still "pretty good" report Willits Lions Club, Tacqueria Ramirez and Boy Scout Troop 212. Other exhibitors were happy with the turnout and said they'll be back next year. Acoustic music was provided by local mentor band Dream Capsule Unplugged.

This year's Willits Airport Day was produced solely by the City of Willits as a community reminder of the many things the airport does for area residents. In prior years, EAA Chapter 1027 has sponsored or co-sponsored the annual Airport Day event. It did not participate this year. City work crews helped with last minute cleanup and installing new windsocks. "What we lacked," noted Ramsey, "was enough volunteers to help out with the event. Illness took two of our volunteers at the last minute."

In summary, Ramsey said "Everyone seem to enjoy the local event, the food and the chance to meet with friends and neighbors at the airport. We're already planning for next year's Airport Day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ells Field."