Written by Community Editor Nicole Foulke
The Pottstown Municipal Airport's Community Day and Young Eagles Rally came back this year to the Pottstown Municipal Airport on Sept. 28, where guests observed airplanes, watched local celebrity John Armato skydive out of an airplane, and—if the guest was aged 8-17 years old—had the opportunity to ride in an airplane.
It was a bright day at the Pottstown airport, where people of all ages gathered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to watch the planes streaking through the sky, and the skydivers. Many of the children were lucky enough to reserve a ride with one of about 17 pilots, who donated their time and fuel costs to show their new, young friends what it is like to be high in the air, according to one of the event organizers.
“My husband and I brought our son and he got to fly. He was in the last group of planes up, and he thought it was awesome,” said Kristi Griffith, a local mother.
Pottstown Mayor Bonnie Heath joined the festivities. “We got the 100% best weather possible,” said Heath, smiling.
Heath said that the event taught the public about aviation, including the local branch of The Ninety-Nines, a world-wide organization of female pilots.
She also spoke with Armato after he landed safely. “The free-fall part was very exciting,” said Armato, who is known as the director of community relations for the Pottstown School District.
The event brought local pilots and skydivers out for a sunny day of fun. “We got to jump out of an airplane, so we’re happy, said David Miller, referring to himself and his friend Jim Krisovitch, both skydivers.