The Oneonta Municipal Airport will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming Saturday, September 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..  To commemorate the occasion, there will be a range of hands-on exhibits demonstrating the use of different airplanes, helicopters, and drones.  Along with airport tours, participants can enjoy helicopter rides ($35 per person).  Flight school representatives will be there to answer any questions for those interested in becoming a pilot.

Former mayor Sam Nadar, who in 1966 helped to establish the airport, will speak at the recognition ceremony.  Come out to enjoy live music with Doug Decker & Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with food and various activities.  This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  You can view the full schedule of events and activities below.

As part of the Oneonta airport anniversary celebration, The Greater Oneonta Historical Society will host a reception for its current exhibit, "Oneonta & Aviation History"  on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit describes Oneonta's storied aviation history from the hot air balloons at Oneonta's Central New York Fair in the 19th century to the two NASA astronauts  - David Low and Ron Garan(Gair-in) - who learned to fly in Oneonta. Visitors will also learn about Oneonta's early pilots,  Sherman Fairchild’s national contributions to aviation, and, of course, the history of the Oneonta Municipal Airport. The exhibit will run through Saturday November 5.