THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who attended our 2019 Wings & Wheels Park Township Airport Open House.  We had stiff competition from other local events but the weather was superb!

18 aircraft flew in for breakfast including Tim Kustudich and his skywriting Christen Eagle, Carl McCall in his shiny Hummel, Greg Dewind and his bumblebee Hughes 500 helicopter, a gyrocopter, and several other conventional and tail dragger airplanes.

We had nearly 400 guests between 8 am and 2 pm. Everyone waited patiently for our traditional free pancake/sausage breakfast.  Others picked up a hamburger or hot dog at lunch time served by the OBI restaurant from down the street.  We also served complimentary popcorn and ice cream.

Many people to thank for their involvement with the Park Township Airport Historical Association Wings & Wheels Open House: The Red Cross, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Wings of Mercy and especially the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 135, now based here at Park Township Airport.  Most of the event support were the CAP cadets and leadership.  Thank you CAP!!

Thank you to local RC Airplane club members who demonstrated their flying skills until the winds became too strong.  And a special thank you to the 42 classic car and truck owners that attended to show off their wheels next to the wings.   We hope to have more involvement with the various car clubs in the area in the future.

Almost all of the Park Township residents that attended on Saturday signed our petition to SAVE the AIRPORT by implementing the AIRPARK PLAN.  Many of you looked at the layout map in the Historic Hangar and talked to our PTAHA representatives who were happy to explain the plan.  To look through the plan, click on this link and start on Page 19.  The Township conducted an online survey about the plan, but as more than half of you said, NOT MANY PEOPLE KNEW about the plan!  The survey deadline is tomorrow, Monday June 10.  If you still want to take the survey about the AIRPARK plan for the airport (PLEASE DO), contact the Township office at 616 399 4520 and ask how to complete the survey.

Our visitors on Saturday were very generous with donations – thank you!  We will use your gifts to continue to develop our FLIGHT NIGHT introduction to aviation program for middle and high school students. AND we will continue to support the AIRPARK PLAN and work to make it more visible and available to all Park Township residents.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP SAVE THE AIRPORT please email the township board with your comments and support at

Thank you for attending the 2019 Wings & Wheels Airport Open House.

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