GETTING TO THE EVENT
We recommend you approach the airport from the intersection of Wolcott Rd & Floydville Rd. in East Granby. Limited parking is available if you approach from Hopmeadow St. (Rt 10/202) & Wolcott Road. The busiest times are from 10AM until 2PM. We strongly recommend arriving before 11AM to avoid the biggest rush of traffic.
Parking is available near the airport grounds for $15. Cash Only.
A portion of the proceeds go to benefit local Scout Troops.
For a map of parking locations and the pedestrian walkways, CLICK HERE.
Handicap parking is available across from the airport at Autobon. If you require handicap parking, approach the airport from the Rt. 10/202 & Wolcott Road intersection.
Admission is free. However, we would be very grateful for your donation as you enter the venue. Your donation keeps our airport alive!
We welcome well-behaved pets, but they must be kept on a leash. We also provide a free watering station.
The event is staffed by: the Simsbury Police; E Granby / CT State Police; Simsubury Fire Dept.; Simsbury & E Granby Ambulance Corps. If you have any police, fire, or medical concerns, approach any of their personnel or find anyone with a "Staff" shirt to assist you.
We are pleased to offer several exciting aircraft rides during the show. Rides will be provided continuously throughout the day, except over the noon hour when our runway is closed for other activities.
NORTH AMERICAN AT-6 “TEXAN” WORLD WAR 2 TRAINING PLANE:
The AT-6 was the military’s Advanced Training aircraft throughout World War 2. New pilots learned to fly on smaller aircraft. When they achieved basic proficiency, they graduated to this more complex trainer. It was heavier and faster, could do aerobatics, and was closer in performance to the warplanes the pilots would eventually fly in combat.
The AT-6 is powered by a 600 Horsepower Pratt and Whitney R-1340 engine, made in nearby East Hartford. It weighs over two tons, with a cruising speed of 145 MPH. More than 15,000 were built. Many saw service for other countries, especially those of the British Commonwealth. After World War 2 ended, some were even pressed into service as ground attack aircraft by smaller countries that were unable to afford newer airplanes.
The AT-6 providing rides today is owned and operated by Simmons Aviation, based in Pawcatuck, CT. Speak to staff for current pricing - prices are subject to change based on aviation fuel costs and other factors. Rides are for one passenger at a time.
The aircraft will operate from a space at the intersection of the airport runway and taxiway. You are urged to visit that location as early as possible to sign up for a specific time for your ride. It’s a great experience !
We’ll be offering short helicopter rides during the event. Two Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopters will be available for your flight. The price for a 7-10 minute ride is $55 per passenger.
The R-44 is one of the most produced “choppers” in the world, with almost 6,000 in operation. It is powered by a Lycoming 0-540 piston engine, a type that is also used in many fixed-wing airplanes. The R-44 cruises at 125 MPH, and has seats for the pilot and three passengers. Visibility is outstanding thanks to a huge bubble canopy that allows for an almost unrestricted view of the sky above and earth below.
The R-44's are owned and operated by HTX Helicopters, based at Robertson Airport in Plainville, Ct. Their base of operations at our event is at the south end of the runway, just a short walk from the center of the airport. Please go to that area as early as possible to sign up for a specific time slot for your ride.
If you’ve never been for a helicopter ride, this is your chance! Enjoy !