Thomasville Fly-In takes off - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Thomasville Fly-In takes off

October 14, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- The annual Thomasville Fly-In aviation event is kicking off this weekend.

"I'm about to do a pre-flight on a Cessna 172. It needs to be done methodically, and it's not something you want to overlook," says pilot, Matt Nesmith.

A lot of work for a bird's eye view of a lot of fun at the fly-in. An effort that's a labor of love for Nesmith. "I grew up around airplanes. I've been flying in and out of airplanes my whole life. I got my pilot's license when I was 21," says Nesmith.

Now 33, Nesmith turned his hobby into a job. He's a corporate pilot. "It's this feeling of freedom and control, just getting away from everything, being able to float around in the sky and go where you want to go," he says.

People can also go where they want at the fly-in. It's the only time the public is allowed in the airport's secure areas. "On a good year, attendance of visiting aircraft will range from 300 to 500 airplanes, helicopters, military, home builts, a lot of antique aircraft, biplanes," says event organizer, Ronnie Bozeman.

As they say, what goes up must come down. And that includes a special treat for the kids who attend the air show on Saturday. "We will drop probably one hundred pounds of candy from an aircraft and let them have at it, says Bozeman.

Don't worry, there's plenty for adults too, including aviation contests, food, and of course, aircraft displays. "We have a tremendous following. It's just like a big family reunion," says Bozeman. "A pilot would love to sit there and talk to you about his airplane for hours, if you will let him," adds Nesmith.

After all, pilots were the ones who started the fly-in 38 years ago. And you've got until Sunday to meet them.

Admission to the fly-in is free, but you have to pay for food, souvenirs, and rides in aircraft.

Feedback: news@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Security is top priority at Sunbelt Ag Expo

    Security is top priority at Sunbelt Ag Expo

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 2:39 PM EDT2017-10-17 18:39:02 GMT
    Security teams make sure everyone is safe at the expo (Source: WALB)Security teams make sure everyone is safe at the expo (Source: WALB)

    There's a familiar face that can be spotted patrolling the grounds of the Sunbelt Ag Expo every year.

    More >>

    There's a familiar face that can be spotted patrolling the grounds of the Sunbelt Ag Expo every year.

    More >>
  • Valdosta men plead guilty to stealing mail

    Valdosta men plead guilty to stealing mail

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 1:45 PM EDT2017-10-17 17:45:05 GMT

    Five Valdosta residents entered guilty pleas in Federal Court for stealing mail, altering checks and cashing them, to the tune of between $40,000 and $95,000 in 2016.

    More >>

    Five Valdosta residents entered guilty pleas in Federal Court for stealing mail, altering checks and cashing them, to the tune of between $40,000 and $95,000 in 2016.

    More >>
  • Partners in Excellence honored at Rise N Shine Breakfast

    Partners in Excellence honored at Rise N Shine Breakfast

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-10-17 17:40:29 GMT
    Several students sang for the business partners (Source: WALB)Several students sang for the business partners (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of area businesses were recognized Tuesday morning at the Partners in Excellence Rise N Shine Breakfast held at the Downtown Albany Hilton Garden Inn. 

    More >>

    Dozens of area businesses were recognized Tuesday morning at the Partners in Excellence Rise N Shine Breakfast held at the Downtown Albany Hilton Garden Inn. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly