Residents, pilots gather for Fly-In (gallery)


Visitors eat food in a hangar Saturday during the Emerald Coast Aviation's annual Fly-In at Bob Sikes Airport.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 06:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The third annual Emerald Coast Aviation Fly-In took place Saturday at Bob Sikes Airport. Area residents visited open hangars to have lunch, listen to live music and see vendors. Visitors also saw planes that flew in.

 Nearly 30 small passenger planes flew in for food, entertainment and a chance to win prizes.

Pilots who flew in represented a range of flight experience. Some were military members; others just developed a passion for flying.

Daniel Nowling, 39, of Harold, always wanted to fly and just recently started the process of getting his pilot's license.

"This year, I am flying in as a student and hopefully next year, I will be flying in as a private pilot," he said.

Being a pilot may be costly, but it’s an attainable goal, he said.

"The average person can afford to do this; they just don't realize it," Nowling said.

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