Airport offers open house this weekend

June 20, 2014 

The Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport invites the community to its Airport Open House this weekend to see aircraft, a hot-air balloon launch, helicopter rides and more.

The free, family-friendly event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, event at the airport, 2751 NE Douglas St.

Children ages eight to 17 have the opportunity to take flight as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Parent or guardian permission is required. Children also can jump in the bouncy house, have their faces painted and explore the many aircraft on display. The EAA also is hosting an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. for only $5 per person. BBQ and Italian ice/gelato also will be available for purchase.

Aviation-related vendor booths, such as Pilots N Paws, which provides pet rescue services, and Angel Flight, which provides charitable flights for healthcare needs will be on display and there will be airport tours from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Several helicopters will be on site as well, including NewsChopper41 with KMBC-TV, and the Kansas City Police Department helicopter. Pilot/reporter Johnny Rowlands of will provide short helicopter rides around the airport for a fee. For those preferring to keep their feet on the ground, a simulator experience also is available for a fee. A special hot air balloon launch will take place at 7:30 a.m. prior to the start of the event.

For more information about the Airport Open House, call 816-969-1800 or visit

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