It was just two short years ago that the Father’s Day Fly In, a Charlotte tradition entering its 30th consecutive year, was in jeopardy of going away. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local individuals and organizations, the event never missed a beat.
In fact, recent collaborations have actually allowed the annual event to grow.
Led by the Friends of Charlotte Airport, the 30th annual Father’s Day Fly In is a shining example of how “many hands can make light work.”
“This year’s annual event promises to be the best to date,” said Anthony Faulkner, a member of the Friends of Charlotte Airport. “All of this is made possible with the collaboration and commitment of fellow Friends of Charlotte Airport, the Rotary Club members, and great volunteers and vendors.”
The Charlotte Rotary Club came on board last year to help serve the $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, which served close to 1,000 people last year. This year, the Rotary Club returns and plans to donate all of its proceeds to Camp Frances in Charlotte.
“Last year we raised close to $1,300,” said Carrie Burch, Rotary Club member. “We’re hoping for even more this year.”
While the all-you-can-eat breakfast is always a big draw, it is only a small part of what will make this year’s event so special. There will be many opportunities to get a unique view of Charlotte as Great Lakes Airventures is offering plane rides and Michigan Helicopters will offer helicopter rides. Tickets can be purchased on site.
You won’t want to miss the aerial display as parachuters perform a smoke trail show and American Flag dedication at approximately 10:45 a.m.
Local pilots will have their planes on display, and guests will have the opportunity to get an up close view of the UH72 helicopter and the University of Michigan Medavac.
The kids’ inflatable obstacle course returns this year, along with a bouncy house. The two attractions are available to all for a simple donation.
The Father’s Day Fly In takes place Sunday, June 19 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport. For more information, email The pancake breakfast will be held rain or shine, however, some of the aerial attractions will be available weather permitting.