Flight Nights at the Historic Hangar
The Park Township Airport Historical Association (PTAHA) welcomes students, pilots, and all aviation enthusiasts to learn about flying a Cessna 172 airplane with our Redbird TD flight simulator. The program is called Flight Nights. It is free and open to all. The PTAHA is an all volunteer, not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization so you can always help us by becoming a member of PT AHA, volunteering for events, or offering a financial donation.
The Flight Night sessions are scheduled based on requests. Check here on Signup.com for available dates and times:
To request a specific Flight Night for your group, or to reserve a date on the website calendar, please email us at:
Flight Night Program
– Best flight group size is 6 – 10 people (observers are always welcome)
– Program is typically about 2 hours but is flexible
– Typically on Sunday nights, but after school and other times can be arranged
– Our instructors are volunteers (If you would like to volunteer to lead or assist with a program, contact us)
- Meet at Historic Hangar (rotating beacon on roof) at Park Township Airport 1260 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, Ml
- Welcome and introductions
- Review of actual airplane in Historic Hangar – parts of the plane, flight controls, preflight checks, sit in plane, etc
- Instructions for simulator operation, explanation of instruments and controls, aeronautical charts, navigation
- Preflight checklist
- Ready for takeoff, fly out to the beach etc, return to enter airport traffic pattern, final approach and landing
- Flight time will depend upon the number of attendees .
- Post flight review
The Redbird TD flight simulator is a certified system that enables student pilots and licensed pilots to log flight hours.
It is the same system used by many commercial flight schools.
Please contact PTAHA if you would like to schedule a separate session for logging hours.
Please share your Flight Night experience with your friends and others that may be interested in this program. As the program gains popularity, we will be working toward the purchase of an additional simulator. If you would like to donate toward the purchase please contact us at email@example.com
Last Night Sept 30, at 6:30 PM at the Harderwyk Church, the Park Township Board of Trustees voted to CONTINUE AVIATION ACTIVITIES AT THE AIRPORT. This is good news for the hundreds of township residents and visitors that enjoy, use, and support the airport. The Board also voted to pursue General Utility status, which will make the airport safer and enable the Township to apply for financial grants for runway maintenance. THANK YOU to everyone that spoke up in support of the airport.. Please continue to email the Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Township 616-399-4520 and voice your support for the Airport and the AirPark plan. Next Township meeting is Oct 24 when the Board will discuss and vote on the AirPark Vision plan.
Rockets to blast off from Park Twp Airport!
The Hope College Rocketeers have moved their launch day to OCT 19. The weather this weekend will be too windy to enable a safe launch and recovery. Please change your calendar to OCT 19 and stop by in the morning to see the rockets soar! to see the Hope Association of Rocketry and Performance Aviation launch their rockets. Meet David Hallock – Launch Director and Owen Donahoe – Safety Officer as they set up and fire their multi stage rockets. Launches are scheduled between 9:30 and noon on Saturday Oct 19. You never know what is taking off at the PARK TOWNSHIP AIRPORT!
HASMAT training at the Airport
The Park Township Fire Department chose the Park Township Airport to practice their emergency response skills today. The exercise was set up as a mock fuel spill from the airport’s fuel tank. (Don’t worry, it’s a new tank and won’t be a problem…) The crew made quick work of the drill and the hangar ramp got a nice rinse. Thank you to our fire fighters and first responders. We are in good hands!
Helicopter drops in on Cadets
Major Gary Tallman, commander of the MI-135 Al Johnson Legacy Civil Air Patrol squadron based at the Park Township Airport, invited a friend to drop in with his sleek Robinson R-44 helicopter. The cadets were invited to inspect the helo and get their questions answered by the pilot. The Civil Air Patrol cadets and officers meet each Monday night at the Park Township Airport Historic Hanger. The squadron has almost doubled in size since moving to Holland. If you are between 12 and 18 years old and would like to be a part of the CAP, please email Maj. Gary at email@example.com. For more information about joining the Civil Air Patrol http://www.capli.com/faq.html
MEET YOUR CIVIL AIR PATROL CADETS
The Civil Air Patrol Al Johnson Legacy Squadron MI-135 Cadet awards ceremony will be held at Park Township Airport, Holland, MI on Monday, August 26th from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The ceremony will take place in the Historical Hangar located at 1269 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424 and is open to all visitors.
This ceremony will recognize the achievements of our cadets returning from National Cadet Special Activities and state encampments. Cadets coming back from these activities will share their experiences. In addition, we will be having cadet promotions and awarding milestone awards. We will also be handing out awards to cadets and senior members who have distinguished themselves in the program. Special dignitaries have been invited to help with promotions and awards. Light refreshments will be served.
West Michigan Aviation Academy held a teacher-student teambuilding event today in Holland. Part of the event included rides from Park Township Airport in the WMAA’s two Cessna 172 airplanes and the Amway helicopter. George Pavey in (blue shirt), Dean of Aviation at WMAA flew one of the 172’s while Josh Bakker flew the other plane. Kevin Nelson (blue shirt white hat) of Nelson Aerodynamix flies the Amway helicopter. All of the pilots spent time explaining the technical details and operation of their aircraft and then demonstrated these characteristics in the air above the Park Township Airport. Brian Jansen, WMAA Aviation Maintenance instructor, watches from the deck of the airport office. WATCH THE VIDEO ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE………
You never know what will be flying at the airport!
Check it out and please support the airport and AirPark plan!
Photos and videos by PTAHA.
Selfridge Air Natl Guard Chinook CH-47 visits Park Township Airport!
Aug 8 – spectators were treated to the arrival, tour and departure of the 127th Selfridge Wing Chinook helicopter. The crew was on a training mission from their Mt. Clemens base on east side of the state. Everyone was encouraged to tour the helicopter and chat with the crew. You never know what will be flying at the Park Township Airport!
Please help support the Airport and the Airpark Plan. The plan can be reviewed at: http://parktownship.org/wp-content/uploads/Park-Township-Airpark-Master-Plan.pdf. The plan is a “vision” and will undergo many changes before anything is decided by the Township. A recent survey of residents showed a majority of support for the AirPark concept and the continued operation of the Airport. PLEASE voice your support by emailing the Board of Trustees at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 616-399-4520.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE AIRPORT!
Other Upcoming Events
Coast Guard Open House at Park Township Airport – Saturday, August 31
Save the date Saturday August 31 for our annual Coast Guard Open House. Details to follow!
HOLLAND BEACH RUN 2019 PPG FLY-IN
Friday June 14 at 2 PM until Sunday June 16 at 5 PM
Please bring your powered paraglider to the Park Township Airport this weekend or just stop by and watch dozens of these ultralights flying high and low over Park Township. This is an annual event and we could see as many as 100 PPG’s. Fun to watch! For the participants there is camping allowed on the airport grounds (no hookups) and the airport office has restrooms. The event organizer is Jeremy Langejans. See their facebook page “Holland Beach Run 2019 PPG Fly In”. For Airport information contact Doug Formsma Airport Manager 6163999333. SEE you at the Fly In !
Airport Open House Wings & Wheels - June 8, 8am - 3pm
Fly in or drive over to the Park Township Airport in Holland for the annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House on Saturday June 8 from 8 am to 3 pm. This year we are also inviting all car clubs (and anyone with a cool car) to show off their wheels. And of course you can fly in with your airplane, ultralight, powered parachute, helicopter, F16 fighter jet or GoodYear blimp. ALL are welcome! We will have pancakes, popcorn, ice cream, and other food… See the Historic Hangar and try out your flying skills on the new Redbird Flight Simulator!
Come on over to the Park Township Airport and enjoy the WINGS and WHEELS. This event sponsored by the Park Township Airport Historical Association – a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Donations will be accepted toward this event and future events.
Civil Air Patrol MI-135 Squadron Dedication Ceremony - April 22, 7pm
On April 22, the Al Johnson Legacy Cadet Squadron MI-135 will be hosting a ceremony at the Park Township Airport in Holland, MI honoring many aspects of our squadron. We will hold the official dedication for our squadron in our new home and honor the WWII hero our squadron is named after. Al Johnson is a 94 year old Hudsonville native. His outstanding service as an OSS agent in World War II has earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor. He has spoken with our squadron many times and is a point of inspiration for many of our cadets. His display of leadership, honor, respect, and service is why we will be dedicating our squadron to him. We are very excited to be having Al Johnson and his family and we hope you can come learn more about his story.
In addition, we will have cadet and senior promotions and awards. MI-135 members are dedicated to advancing their training and education. This is a special time for us to recognize our cadets and seniors. We encourage all parents and family to come and support their cadet or senior member and help with their promotion or milestone award.
This ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served and we plan to end by 9:00 pm. The ceremony will take place in the Historic Hangar at Park Township Airport, 1269 Ottawa Beach Rd Holland, MI. Please direct any questions to myself, 1st LT Grace Morris, or 1st LT Chapman Morris (email@example.com). We hope to see you there!