At the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport (EORA) Open House on May 18 there were free flights for youngsters sponsored by the Young Eagles. Zoey Barr, 8, went on her first airplane ride with pilot George Tyler. “That was good, “ said Zoey. “I saw boats and houses and people. The best part was being up in the air. I want to do that again.”
Stan Gebhardt, Director of EORA, said that with the open house and other events at the airport through the year he hopes to educate the public about flying. “A 4-person airplane can cost less than an SUV, in the $30,000 range. Insurance is comparable or less. Most planes get 9-10 miles per gallon,” said Gebhardt. “I fly most places I go. It saves time and is cheaper.”
The 15-5 for fly-ins
At Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport (EORA) (PCW), from now through Sept. 15 on Fridays through Sundays from 12-7 p.m., those that fly in are provided free transportation via the airport’s shuttle to any of the 15 plus restaurants that are within 5 minutes of the airport. The restaurants include Tin Goose Diner, Forget Me Not Bakery, Mon Ami, Casa Las Palmas, Crosswinds, Dianna’s Deli, Thirsty Pirate, McCarthy’s, Jolly Roger, Gateway, Phil’s Inn, Rosie’s and 1812 Food and Spirits, Nagoya, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s and Subway. The free transportation is provided courtesy of the Friends of Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
Blue box: Airport Facts
- EORA is a public airport owned and supported by Erie and Ottawa Counties
- Originally established in 1942, the airport consisted of about 100 acres that was leased for $671.85.
- The airport currently spans 400+ acres, has 3 employees and 5 part-time employees
- There are over 50 aircraft that call EORA home
- Over 4,000 single engine planes land at EORA every year
- Over 350 jet engine aircraft land every year