By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN The Winsted airport is an exciting place to be on most days, with the chance to see planes fly in and take off.
Flying is not a new means of transportation, but still a unique way to get around for most of the general population.
The Winsted Airport commission, hangar owners, and pilots who use the Winsted Airport would like to give everyone an opportunity to see the airport from their perspective, possibly even from the air.
They have planned an airport appreciation and open house for Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 11 a.m.
“This will give the residents a chance to see what is happening out here,” Airport Commissioner Russ Paschke said.
Aircraft and classic cars will be on display. Tours of the hangars will be offered, and airplane rides will be available for $10.
Sloppy joes, chips, and a beverage can be found in hangar number 43. A free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost of the food and to benefit the Winsted Airport.
A city-wide drill will take place at 1 p.m. on the runway, involving a Cessna 210.
The Winsted Police Department, Winsted Fire Department, and the Waconia Ambulance will be present for the drill, and a Life Link helicopter will fly in.
Following the drill, all emergency vehicles and the helicopter will be on display.
Just a few reminders at the open house
• No pets allowed at the airport, according to FAA regulations;
• Children should be accompanied by a parent;
• All of the hangars and equipment on display is privately owned and should be treated with respect.
Some Winsted Airport background
Winsted’s airport became McLeod County’s first municipal airport in 1962.
At that time, the airport had four hangars which had been part of a privately-rented runway started in 1956.
Today, there are 42 hangars at the airport.
The most recent project at the airport was reconstruction and drainage improvements to the existing taxi-way system, which was 30 years old.
The project was paid for with a grant from the FAA and an assessment fee from each of the hangar owners.