Westheimer Plans Open House, Fly-in

Aircraft will be on display at the Aviation festival and open house

Aviation enthusiast or not, you’ll want to head over to OU’s Max Westheimer Airport, 1700 Lexington Ave., Sept. 8-9, when the airport hosts a whole weekend of aviation-related displays and hands-on activities.

Hundreds of aircraft will descend on Norman for the weekend, offering events for children and adults alike.

A highlight of the weekend will be the airport’s annual Open House and Family Festival, which is being held in conjunction this year with the AOPA Regional Fly-In. Nearly 500 general aviation aircraft are expected to be in town for the event.

The open house, hosted by Westheimer and the OU Department of Aviation, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The festival will feature the Sooner Flight Academy’s hands-on hangar, where children can see and experience aircraft up close. Aircraft displays, a Short Field Take-Off and Landing (STOL) aerial display, an exhibit hall and more will also be featured.

"This is a big aviation event for us here at OU, Norman and the state of Oklahoma."

The fly-in will include two days of workshops, seminars, exhibits and displays for pilots and others in the aviation industry. General aviation vendors such as Cirrus, Cessna (Textron), Piper, Diamond and Garmin will have booths and aircraft displays.

“Due to the large number of aircraft and pilots who will be in attendance, we are closing down the entire runway 03/21 for parking the aircraft, with many participants camping overnight under their wing,” said OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies Interim Dean Martha Banz. “We also look forward to a large number of aviators driving to the event as well.”

The weekend also includes the Norman Chamber Aviation Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 8. The breakfast will feature guest speaker James Baker, president of the international Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA).

General admission and parking are free, with the exception of paid educational programming on Friday. Other paid events include a Barnstormer dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and a $7 pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

“This is a big aviation event for us here at OU, Norman and the state of Oklahoma,” Banz said. “We would love for you to attend.”

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.