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November 5, 2013

Fairview to host air show Saturday

FAIRVIEW, Okla. — The 62nd annual Fairview Fly-In and Air Show will feature aerobatic acts Saturday.

The show begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Municipal Airport. Performers include Randy Harris, flying a Skybolt 300; Kate Kyer in a Pitts S-2B; Chuck Powell, parachute jumper; and the OK Barnstormers remote control club.

This year, the show will feature four aerobatic rides after the performances for $10 a ticket available at the airport Nov. 7-9. To ride in one of the aerobatic flights, a person must be at least 5 feet tall and weigh less than 220 pounds. Anyone under 18 will need parental permission.

The field will close at 12:30 p.m. said Teresa Regier, co-manager of the airport. A free breakfast is provided for everyone who flies in 7-10 a.m. There also will be a free turkey for every 10th plane. A ceremony recognizing veterans will be held at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Fairview Flight Club. Among the featured performers are Randy Harris, Kate Kyer and Curt Richmond.

Harris is returning to the air show. He is both builder and pilot for the award-winning Skybolt 300. He has performed in hundreds of air shows since 1995. In 2004, he founded Team Chaos with Neal Darnell and Guy Baldwin. Harris is known for his creative do-it-yourself approach to flying and to life. He invented several maneuvers, including the Happy Puppy Pass, the Mickey Mouse Loop and the Grover Over.

He became interested in model airplanes at age 12 and got his pilot’s license after graduating college in 1985. He performs in both civilian and military air shows throughout the United States and Canada. The Skybolt has won numerous awards for innovation and craftsmanship. Harris taught himself aerobatics in a single-seat EAA biplane, which he restored in 1987. Harris and his wife, Linda, live at Gundy’s Airpark near Tulsa, with the airplanes in hangars in their backyard.

Kyer, of Honey Grove, Texas, her husband and three dogs keep their airplanes on a flying ranch there. She has been flying aerobatics for 18 years and has flown the Pitts S-2B for 16 years in aerobatic competitions and air shows, according to a press release.

Kyer began flying at age 16 and earned her commercial license, multi-engine rating and flight instructor ratings by the age of 20. She attended the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois. Kyer’s career progressed from flight instruction and glider towing to single- and multi-engine charters. She also has flown commuter airlines, and eventually jets. She flew a DC-8 for 18 years, and currently is a captain for UPS on Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, flying intra-Asia and European routes.

Kyer has flown professionally more than 25 years and has more than 15,000 hours of flight time in single- and multi-engine aircraft.

Curt Richmond became involved in competition aerobatics only a few years ago. He now is a regular on the competition scene. In 2012, Richmond won three gold, two silver and five bronze flight medals all in International Aerobatic biplane. The plane is powered by a 6-cylinder Lycoming engine and there have been some modifications to the aircraft to enhance performance.

Richmond lives in Frisco, Texas, and works in the Dallas Metro area operating two companies he owns. He and his Pitt special are based at Aero County Airport in McKinney, Texas.

Regier believes the show could attract 100 to 200 planes and possibly a thousand people.

“We’re expecting a nicer day overall; hopefully, it will be a thousand or more, judging by how many meals we serve. We have the best breakfast in town that morning,” Regier said.

Teresa and Junior Regier have been hosting the fly-in and air show since they began managing the airport 25 years ago. At one point, it was a two-day event with a derby race on Friday, a banquet Friday night and the air show Saturday.

“As time goes on, things change. People who are involved are no longer involved, and it’s hard to get others going on it,” she said.

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