If on the morning of Saturday, May 16th you wake up to a sky full of planes, never fear. Itís not an aerial assault on Grove.
Itís pilots and planes from all over the four-state region flying into Grove to fill up on pancakes and eggs at Grove Municipal Airportís Annual Fly-In Breakfast.
Every spring the Grove airport invites pilots from all parts to spend a Saturday morning in Grove.
It gives the community an opportunity to showcase Groveís airport facilities and to promote the city as a destination for pilots seeking a weekend getaway spot.
Grove Airport Manager Terry Abercrombie said the airport has a lot to show off this year.
Since last year, the runway has been resurfaced, the number of paved taxiways has been increased, and 24-hour self-fueling has been added.
In addition, the airport is also working to add a new courtesy car for visiting pilots and passengers to use to eat at local restaurants, attend local festivals, and other activities.
Having a topnotch airport, as Grove does, benefits the entire community. Many local companies already use the airport in the course of their business, and many people with vacation homes in the area use the airport to conveniently commute to their lake homes.
Last year 75 planes showed up at the fly-in and, providing the weather cooperates, at least that many are expected this year.
In addition, this will be the first year that the Fly-In Breakfast will be combined wht an Aviation Swap Meet where aviators can buy, sell, or trade aviation-related items.
The Fly-In is open to the public. Anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend, peruse the variety of airplanes in attendance, eat eggs, sausage, and pancakes, and listen to aviators lie about their flying adventures.
The breakfast costs $5 per person, but the fun is free.