Local airmen flying in for a cause

The Montgomery family is hosting a “fly in” Aug. 9. (Submitted photo)

The Montgomery family is hosting a “fly in” Aug. 9. (Submitted photo)

By Joseph Knoop

Ladies and gentlemen, start your turbines. The 8th Annual Open House, Fly-In and Air Race to Support Down Syndrome Indiana, hosted by Montgomery Aviation, will take place at Indianapolis Executive Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 9.

Montgomery Aviation has once again partnered for the event with the Sport Air Racing League’s Indy Air Race, sponsored by motorsports composite company Aerodine Composites.

The event will feature a wide variety of aircraft on display, including aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force Organization’s collection, an air race, food vendors, a parachute jump performance and raffle.

Aircraft competing in the event’s race will make a timed circuit around central Indiana.

“It’s a great partnership we’ve had for seven years,” said Sean White, a representative for Montgomery Aviation. “It serves a community that certainly has a need.”

The annual event has raised more than $90,000 in the seven years hosting the fly-in for Down Syndrome Indiana. Event organizers hope to raise $25,000 this year.

“Combining these events allows the local community the opportunity to come out to their local airport, eat some great food, enjoy many family friendly activities, and experience aviation up close and personal,” said Dan Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Aviation.

Other events include a candy airdrop, remote control plane activities and a Civil Way patrol plane display. Attendees can also ride in T-6 Texan aircraft, originally designed to train pilots in the United States Army Air Forces.

Food options include such vendors as The Flying Cupcake Bakery.

Admission and parking are free for all attendees. For more information, visit

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