Open house, fly-in Saturday at airport

The local and area aviation community will get a chance to see what the recently refurbished Atmore Municipal Airport has to offer on Saturday, March 10, when city officials and airport management host an open house and fly-in.

The event, which is also open to the general public, will begin around 10 a.m. and last until about 1 p.m.

New airport manager Freddie McCall was not at the facility this week, but Ron Moye, an airport employee. said the open house would give airport officials a chance to show off the “new” general aviation facility, which has had a “complete facelift,” including new paint on most structures and an expansion of the airfield’s only runway.

AMA’s new fuel farm, which is being built with proceeds from a Federal Aviation Administration grant, won’t be completed until “around the end of March,” Moye said.

The airport employee added that “several different airplanes” will be flying in to the local landing strip and that many of those would be on display during the open house. The array is expected to include several antique flying machines.

Atmore Municipal Airport was established in 1961 and now encompasses 43 acres. Its runway was lengthened in 2017 from 4,950 feet to 5,209 feet.