PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 6, as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott co-host Wings Out West, featuring an aerial demonstration, numerous static aircraft displays, an aeronautical tech fair, and a regional fly-in at Prescott Regional Airport, Ernest A. Love Field. A variety of food vendors and concessions will also be on site.
Headlining this year’s show for the second consecutive year is Embry-Riddle airshow pilot Matt Chapman. Attendees will enjoy additional performances from Bill Stein, Rob Holland, Steve Bennett, Cindy Irish, Gary Rower, the Immortal Red Baron, and Embry-Riddle’s own 12-time national champions, The Golden Eagles Flight Team.
This year’s airshow will also include a tribute to Ernest A. Love, one of Prescott’s original hometown heroes, who was shot down over France during World War I and later died in captivity. There will be an aerial reenactment of the fateful dogfight that eventually took E.A. Love’s life 100 years ago. There will also be comments from Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and an E.A. Love display hosted by the City of Prescott. For more information about other activities honoring E.A. Love, go to www.prescott-az.gov.
“Embry-Riddle is excited to once again partner with the City of Prescott to offer the Wings Out West Airshow to our friends, family, students, alumni, and our community,” said Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. “As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our campus and the 90th anniversary of Ernest A. Love Field, it seems only right to join together for the celebration.”
Gates at Prescott’s Ernest A. Love Field will open to the public at 9 a.m., with the aerial demonstration taking place from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking will be free. Attendees should use the main airport entrance off of Highway 89. There will be ample signage and personnel directing traffic to designated airport parking areas. For additional information about parking, including maps and more detailed airport information, go to www.PRCAirport.com.
“We are pleased to continue the Wings Out West partnership with Embry-Riddle for the second year in a row,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “Last year, Dr. Ayers and the university leadership agreed to open up their annual alumni event to the public, and invited the City to co-host. That airshow was a huge success, and we expect the event to grow even larger this year.”
Mayor Mengarelli added that 2018 has been a big year for the Airport. United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines now flies non-stop seven days a week to Denver, and six days a week to Los Angeles. “These are 50 seat, full-service jets that can get you from Prescott to Los Angeles in under an hour,” he said. “Plus with a number of connections available in Denver and LAX, you can get to hundreds of destinations worldwide with just one stop from Prescott airport. This is a game changer for travel in our region.”
This same United Express CRJ200 aircraft is scheduled to be on display during the Wings Out West airshow.
For additional information on Wings Out West performers, visit: http://prescott.erau.edu/octoberwest/wings-out-west-airshow/index.html.
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.
About the City of Prescott
At 5,200 feet in elevation, adjacent to the Prescott National Forest, one of the largest pine forests in the country, Prescott enjoys a mild four season climate and is a popular outdoor recreation destination that also boasts a rich history and a thriving arts community. Prescott is home to Ernest A. Love Airfield, one of the busiest airports in Arizona. Prescott also boasts three institutes of higher learning, including Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Yavapai College, and Prescott College. Prescott was recently named one of the top Happiest and Healthiest Communities in the nation by Time Magazine, and number one place to live in the Southwest by Sunset Magazine. For more information go to www.prescott-az.gov or www.visit-prescott.com.