EAA Chapter 1364 Holding June Biplane Fly-In
Freeman Field has two large intersecting grass strips.
April 1, 2010 — For the past 23 years, biplane owners from throughout the country descended on Bartlesville, Oklahoma, during the first weekend of June for the National Biplane Association (NBA) Biplane Expo. That was destined to end last year when the NBA Board of Directors decided, for numerous reasons, that 2009 would mark the last Expo. But a local Kansas EAA chapter is continuing the tradition of holding a biplane-focused aviation gathering on the first weekend of June in America’s heartland.
EAA Chapter 1364, based on Freeman Field (3JC) in Junction City, Kansas, will host its first National Biplane Fly-In June 4-5 to carry on this early flying season tradition. Chapter member and Fly-In Chairman Jim Clark remarked, “I couldn’t imagine a June without the biplane fly in so our chapter decided to roll up our sleeves and do something about that.”
The chapter found sponsors, got area aviators and volunteers involved, and asked pilots what they’d like to see at the new event. For example, pilots of vintage and tailwheel aircraft indicated that “good grass runways” topped their list of “must-haves.” 3JC has two wide grass runways, (05/23 and 13/31), along with a newly resurfaced paved runway, 18/36. The event website touts 3JC as “The most perfectly suited airport in the Midwest to carry on the Great Biplane Fly In tradition.” Twelve acres were leveled and reseeded for grass parking for visiting aircraft.
The fly-in will also feature flying during the event; good food reasonably priced; convenient rental car or shuttle service; nearby lodging and camping on the field; and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. All aircraft are welcome to attend, with early arrivals slated for Thursday, June 3, events scheduled for June 4-5, and departures on Sunday, June 6.