EARLY CO., GA (WALB) - Early County has had a small airport for 50 years, but there's never been fuel or operators there.
This weekend, the Early Aviation center will celebrate the grand opening of its fixed base operations.
Katrina Tillett said getting the early aviation center up and running has been a long time goal of her father-in-law.
"It's something that has always been a dream of his to be a part of something to do with aviation," Tillett said.
Tim Tillett and co-owner Richard Cam have brought this airport to life.
"It was the airport but it wasn't opened. Some planes landed here but there was nobody here," said Theresa White.
White is the office manager. She said she's happy to see what the airport will do.
"I think it's going to be great for the local economy," said White.
As of this weekend it will be officially opened.
It has a certified maintenance inspector, a paint hanger, fuel station and flight school.
"Flying over Blakely is one of the most beautiful things in the world, just to see our town from that angle," said Kyle Kornegay.
Kornegay, the CEO of the chamber of commerce, was the first student.
He said it's been an incredible experience for him.
"I hope a lot of people come take advantage of it because it's really something. It's hard to describe what it feels like when you are up there controlling the plane yourself," said Kornegay.
Kornegay believes the airport is going to be a great asset to the county. He looks forward to the public seeing all that it has to offer.
The public is invited to see it on Saturday.
The aviation center is hosting the grand opening, "Planes, tractors and automobiles."
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. they will have $30 helicopter rides and free plane rides for children.
There will also be a live band, vendors, a bounce house for children and a chili cook-off.
If you have an antique tractor or car that you would like to bring, organizers said you are welcome to bring it before the event starts.