By Jarred Meeks
A local airport will be the site June 22 of a free charity event that combines two previously separate events, showcasing new aircraft and other aviation elements.
First Wing Jet Center, the fixed-base operator at Indianapolis Executive Airport, will conduct the 13th Annual Open House and Fly-In at Indianapolis Executive Airport at 11329 East Ind. 32.
First Wing Jet Center, formerly Montgomery Aviation, has partnered with the Commemorative Air Force’s Wings Over Indy event. The event will feature new aircraft, as well as other aviation elements, for both rides and display.
The event will begin with a $5 pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by family friendly activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Sun King beer garden also will be open for those 21 and older starting at noon.
A new Hops ‘n Props veterans’ dinner will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site on the day of the event. For more, visit wingsoverindy.com/hops-n-props.html.
The event will offer airplane rides at different prices that may be purchased in advance or on-site on the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit Down Syndrome Indiana, a nonprofit that supports individuals in Indiana with Down syndrome and their families.
Since 2006, First Wing has raised more than $190,000 for the organization through the Open House and Fly-In. In addition, proceeds from the Hops ‘n Props event will benefit the Commemorative Air Force.
“We love getting people out and exposing them to aviation and what it’s about,” said Sean White, vice president and general manager of First Wing Jet Center. “We are excited about introducing people to aviation and what it can mean for them.”