53rd annual Air Capital fly-in held in Newton

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 6:49 PM CDT
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More than 100 planes from all around the country landed at the Newton Airport Saturday morning for the 53rd annual Air Capital fly-in.

Spectators spent the day judging the planes, participating in flying contests, taking Young Eagle plane rides and building toy airplanes.

They were event able to talk to the pilots and builders and ask military veteran pilots about their experiences.

Experts from K-State Salina, Hesston College and Wichita State University were on hand to answer questions about pilot training and aviation education opportunities.

"This is a common traffic area that we use up here for a non-controlled field, so we're basically our own air traffic controllers," said Bill Lindsay, president of the Experimental Aircraft Association of Wichita.

An awards banquet and silent auction is being held Saturday night to honor the participants for all their hard work.