In March, a group of aviation enthusiasts and educators formed the Cache County Aviation Association. They aim to encourage STEM education while promoting the Logan-Cache Airport. The new organization hopes to raise funds for aviation education and outreach programs.
Shawn Barstow is president of the new organization, Andreas Wesemann is vice president, Russ Kirkham is treasurer. Aaron Dyches, Parker Christensen and Shirley Griffiths round out the members of the board of the Association.
Wesemann, an Assistant Professor of Aviation Technology at Utah State University, said one of the big things on their plate this year is the 80th anniversary of the flight program at USU. To commemorate the milestone, the group is planning a big celebration they are calling Cache Air Fest ‘19.
Bill Francis, Garr Walton, Scott Weaver and airport manager Lee Ivie are on the Air Fest ’19 committee.
The festivities will begin on Friday, June 28 with a 1940’s Hanger Hop with a live band at the Utah State University Hanger from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The USU hanger is located at approximately 2500 N. 900 W. in Logan.
On Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. they have planned an open house with an airshow. Local stunt pilot Brad Wursten was invited to show his flying skills and so was Barry Hancock who is scheduled to bring a T-6 Texan. Hancock is also an experienced airshow pilot. The T-6 he flies was used for training military pilots.
Everything is in the planning stages, but they have a good start on what they want the celebration to look like. The committee is trying round up some of the area’s early historical airplanes, including a B-29. There have been talks with the Cruise-In Association, and the committee hopes to have a few cars on display.
“Aggie Air students from USU will put on a drone demonstration and are trying get the Air Force to bring some drones to display,” Wessemann said. “They have some small ones and one as large as 24 feet long.”
Some of the university’s newly-acquired helicopters will be on display. USU is now teaching students who want to pilot helicopters.
The committee decided to have couple of food trucks on site so people can eat if they choose to.
He said they want to have a STEM Education Center where youth can have hands-on activities, like flying simulators.
Jump the Moon has offered to help with an art contest. All of the submissions can be turned in at the Jump the Moon studio, located at 553 N. Main. The deadline will be June 22 so the artwork can be judged and displayed both Friday and Saturday of the Air Fest. There are two youth categories: 12 and under and 13 to 18. The theme is “I Dream of Flying.”
“Leading Edge Aviation, a company housed at the airport, has agreed to give the winners a discovery flight,” said Wesemann. “We are trying to get kids excited about aviation.”
The Cache County Aviation Association members are still trying to tie everything down, but are excited about what they have planned so far. Early projections have the event costing about $8,000. The fledgling organization is seeking donations to cover some of their expenses.