The Arlington Fly-In!
Trekking northward like so many pilots have before us (and many more to come), we made the sojourn up to the Arlington Airport (AWO) for some fun-filled days of aviation, camaraderie and countless aircraft! This year, Kenmore Aero Services had a booth in the exhibitor’s section. Nestled in with Dynon Avionics, Icom, Garmin and many more, we were treated to some cool, although blustery days. We’re quite certain that the weather played a key role in limiting the number of people arriving by plane, but so many ventured up by car, the event certainly brought out plenty of folks to witness the air shows, ogle all different kinds of personally owned aircraft and visit with other aviation enthusiasts. While the parking areas weren’t overflowing with aircraft, the marshaling crew had their hands busy with consistent arrivals and departures. A tip for any of you planning to visit next year, make sure to thoroughly read the NOTAM for the event prior to arrival. There are very explicit instructions as they set up a temporary tower, have specified parking areas depending on what group you are with (if any) and it is expected that you are fully briefed. We had a chance to see first-hand how efficient and organized the arrival/ground/departure procedures were.
Our primary purpose for having a booth at the event was to spread general awareness, make people aware of the new operation within the Kenmore family name, and explain our General Aviation (GA) outreach efforts. There were countless people inquiring as to our connection with the float-plane operation as well as keenly interested in our facility at King County International Airport (Boeing Field – BFI). Likely the number one topic of interest was our radical price cut on our AvGas 100LL pricing. In an unprecedented move back in May, we cut our fuel price to a fixed overhead on top of our base cost, frequently keeping us nearly $2.00 (or more!) cheaper than any other operator at BFI. Interestingly, it also keeps our pricing in the bottom third or better of low prices around the Puget Sound region. The kicker in all this? It’s currently a Full Service operation at that price – basically unheard of at any FBO around here. As we went through and talked with pilots from all over (and with a very wide variety of planes), it became crystal clear to them that Kenmore Aero Services is removing barriers for pilots to choose BFI as a destination. With great crew cars, low fuel prices and easy access for aircraft of all types and sizes, there’s no reason not to come visit us! Come grab lunch, beat the traffic and see a Mariner’s games, or overnight and get a fantastic room downtown and enjoy all that downtown Seattle has to offer without all of the headache of driving there.
Selfishly, we had a chance to enjoy a great airshow each day, had the pleasure of watching the biplane give rides floating gracefully over our heads and got to see one of our favorites, the BlackJacks fly over. While the clouds may have forced some pilots to arrive by ground transportation, there’s no doubt everyone who did attend had a great time. We also had a chance to talk with the folks at Hangar 49. They produce an aviation focused podcast where they talk about not only trending stories and news within the aviation industry, they also get out to events to capture some of the magic for those who can’t attend. Make sure to keep an eye out at their website, www.hangar49.info and watch for the podcast to be posted sometime in the next month or so. Our very own Communications Manager, Jason Richert, was interviewed about the efforts at Kenmore Aero Services as they reach out to the GA community at large and their specific methods of continuing GA in the area.
We would encourage any of you to come drop by the FBO – we’re there 7 days a week and ready for your arrival! Tell tower that you are coming in to park with Kenmore Aero and they will get you pointed in the right direction. One of our line crew will be happy to marshal you in, get you chocked and start helping you with anything you may need. Lastly, we would like to say thank you to the Arlington Airport and all of the staff who put on the Arlington Fly-In – we plan to be there next year and we hope to see you there too!