Mt. Hawley open house invites public to explore aviation

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PEORIA, Ill. — Mt. Hawley Auxiliary Airport hosted an open house to encourage the public to learn about aviation on Saturday afternoon.

Private aircraft owners, students from Southern Illinois University aviation department, and members of the Experimental Aircraft Association showed off their planes and talked with people. They even had a booth about drones and how to safely fly and operate them.

The goal of the event was to spark an interest in aviation in people of all ages.

“The whole point was to get people to come out to the airport, understand, you know, that Mt. Hawley is here and kinda learn a little bit about what its purpose is and to hopefully expose people to aviation a little bit,” said Gene Olson, the director of airports.

Olson says anyone can learn how to fly and Mt. Hawley also hosts a flight school.

Those interested in flying can take classes and eventually, receive a pilot’s license.

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