What a cool way to reach out to the community! Fargo Jet Center Inc (FJC), along with the Hector International Airport (FAR) Authority, hosted its 1st Annual Drive-In/Fly–In Outdoor Movie Night Oct. 1.
“We were looking for a unique way to reach out to the community,” said Darren Hall, VP of Marketing at Fargo Jet Center. “For many in attendance, this was their first exposure to general aviation. A large percentage of the population never makes it out to the general aviation side of airports unless they have a reason. We have created that reason.”
The movie “Flyboys” was shown on hangar doors that became a movie screen 60 feet wide by 30 feet tall. The screen was framed by World War II vintage aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, DC-3 (Duggy) and a PT-19. A variety of aviation films that explain the benefits of general aviation, from No Plane/No Gain, GA Serves America and Cessna, served as the previews.
Classic car clubs as well as the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter and local aircraft owners were invited to display their vehicles and aircraft. Airplane rides were given by FJC’s flight school.
A concessionaire was hired to provide food and FJC staff served free popcorn and beverages to the approximately 280 attendees.
“People always love to come out to see airplanes and classic cars — so we combined the two to give people a reason to visit our facilities,” said Mike Paulson, Manager of FJC’s Fargo Flight School.
Fargo Jet Center encourages other FBOs and airports to host similar events in the effort to reach out to communities to promote general aviation. For more details regarding the planning, coordination and execution of the event contact Darren Hall, VP Marketing, Fargo Jet Center at 800-7700-JET or FargoJet.com