University of Central Missouri’s Skyhaven Airport Air Show

University of Central Missouri’s Skyhaven Airport Air Show
September 7, 2013: 9am-4pm

The University of Central Missouri’s Aviation Department has been under the leadership of Lt. Col. Tony Monetti (retired) since August 2012, and he has made numerous initiatives to help the department grow. One of these initiatives is the establishment of an annual air show at Skyhaven Airport. Last year the airport had roughly 1,400 aviation enthusiasts and the airport expects to double the attendance this year. The show will also serve as an alumni reunion welcoming current, past and returning faculty including Fred Schieszer. The theme for this year’s air show is “education.” Under this theme and inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, the Aviation Department will be offering an essay and art contest to encourage students in the Kansas City area to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen’s dedication and service during WWII. The first place winner of the essay contest will win a $1000 UCM Aviation Scholarship; the top ten essays and top five art pieces will be awarded a free flight in a Cessna 172 aircraft. The essays and art pieces will be on display during the air show.

Monetti believes the surrounding communities should have the opportunity to learn about the history of aviation and why it is such an exciting field to be in. The University of Central Missouri provides numerous educational options for aviation enthusiasts to start a career in the field, all of which will be represented at the air show. To accurately represent the entire field of aviation, Monetti would like to welcome innovators like you to promote your business and/or passion for aviation. With the “education” theme, UCM hopes to paint a big picture of the true wonders of the field, including all aspects such as: corporate aviation, general aviation, airports, airlines, maintenance, legal, management, remote piloted aircraft (RPA), kit built aircraft, etc. For individuals interested in promoting their hobby, business and/or passion for aviation while educating the future leaders of the field, Skyhaven Airport would like to offer free exhibit space during the air show, in addition to free fuel for select aircraft to be used for static display! The show will definitely serve to educate all interested individuals, so bring your friends and family to Skyhaven Airport’s FREE Community Air Show! If interested, or would like more information, please contact Tanner Rindels at

By Jonathan Ellis

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