Details announced for TAKE FLIGHT! event coming to Northern Maine Regional Airport on October 5th

Release Date: 09/16/2013

Excitement is building for the first-ever TAKE FLIGHT! event on Saturday, October 5, at the airport in Presque Isle, as organizers release details of the activity that will take place both in the air and on the ground.  A plane parade, helicopter fly-in, live patient air flight demonstrations, TAMC’s Fall Health Fair, a community vendor fair, and the PenAir/Coca-Cola Great Golf Ball Drop are all planned.

A collaborative team from the Northern Maine Regional Airport, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, TAMC, several other stakeholder businesses and organizations, and area public safety officials has worked since early summer to coordinate TAKE FLIGHT!  With less than three weeks to go, plans for the event, which will take place at the General Aviation Terminal at the airport on the Skyway Industrial Park on October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., are coming together nicely.

“The response, both from those we approach about taking part in TAKE FLIGHT! and from members of the community who are hearing about the event, has been phenomenal,” said Jason Parent of TAMC, one of the lead organizers.  “It is really shaping up to be a great day that I am certain will draw a lot of folks from around the area.  We have an impressive line-up of activities and all told between the aviation component, health fair, and community vendor fair, over 70 participating groups.”

Among the highlights and features of TAKE FLIGHT! announced by event coordinators are:

Scenic Fall Foliage Flights – Short flights over the Star City during peak foliage season.  Cost is $40 per person.  Organizers are expecting flights to be booked in advance of the event.  A special website has been set up for interested community members to reserve and purchase a seat.  For more information or to purchase seats on flights, go to www.tamc.org and click on the TAKE FLIGHT! banner.  All proceeds from flights benefit TAMC Crown Critical Care Transport.

Helicopter Fly-in – Featuring three helicopters, one each from Life Flight of Maine, the Maine Forestry Service, and the U.S. Border Protection Agency.  Representatives of each group will have personnel on hand and present information about what they do.

Presque Isle’s First Plane Parade  - Coordinated by pilots who fly for Angel Flight.  The formation of planes will gather on the runway just before 12:00 noon before taxiing and taking off in what is certain to be one of the event highlights.

Crown Critical Care Transport Live Patient Flight Demonstrations – Twice during the event (at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) Crown’s Critical Care Transport team will conduct live demonstrations of a patient air transport.  The “patient” will be brought on site to the airport in a Crown Emergency Care Ambulance and transferred onto the Crown Critical Care Transport fixed wing aircraft, which will prepare for take-off.  Also part of the event will be the unveiling of the new Crown Emergency Care and Critical Care Transport Team logos.  A brief ceremony to reveal the new brand will be held on-site shortly after the event start at 10:15 a.m.

Community Vendor Fair – Featuring more than 30 vendors, including food, crafters, and other wares.  Among the participants will be the Star Herald/Print Works, which will provide free hot dogs to attendees, accepting donations for TAMC Critical Care Transport.  Coca-Cola of Aroostook will also offer free samples of their healthy beverage line to attendees.  Maine Jump will be on-site with bouncy houses for children.

Public Safety Displays – Area fire departments and ambulance services will have vehicles on site.  The Presque Isle Fire Department will showcase a unit used at the airport in the event of an emergency. 

TAMC Fall Health Fair “TAKE FLIGHT… with good health” –To match the aviation theme, “TAKE FLIGHT… with good health” will take place on-site inside the Commercial Hangar at the General Aviation Terminal.  TAMC staff will offer a free seasonal flu shot clinic.  A number of free screenings, including cholesterol and blood pressure, will be offered.  More than 40 booth spaces will be filled with presentations of various health services and educational displays, such as NMCC and UMPI student exhibits, ACAP, and more than a dozen TAMC services.  Additionally, the Presque Isle Police Department will conduct free fingerprinting for children on-site.

PenAir/Coca-Cola Great Golf Ball Drop – A first in Presque Isle!  Sponsored by PenAir and Coca-Cola of Aroostook, this unique part of TAKE FLIGHT! will happen at the very end of the event in front of the Coca-Cola building, across Airport Drive from the site of the activity.  The first 1,000 adults to enter the TAMC Health Fair in the Commercial Hangar will have the opportunity to sign up to be a part of the golf ball drop when they stop by the PenAir and TAMC Welcome Center.  Attendees can sign up on a numbered ticket at no cost.  At 2:00 p.m., the Presque Isle Fire Department will raise their ladder truck with a bag filled with 1,000 numbered golf balls at the Coke building.  The balls will be dropped from the bag to the ground below.  The numbers on the five balls landing closest to the marked target will be matched with the names on the numbered tickets to determine the winners of five free round trip airline tickets from Presque Isle to Boston, compliments of PenAir. 

“We are very excited to partner with TAMC, the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport to bring this exciting new event to Presque Isle.  We are especially looking forward to meeting and greeting people and getting them signed up for the Great Golf Ball Drop,” said Kristin Folmar, director of sales and marketing for PenAir.  “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the flight service we offer and the great things happening at the airport.”

Partnering with PenAir on the Great Golf Ball Drop is Coca-Cola, one of the many businesses on the Skyway Industrial Part involved in coordinating TAKE FLIGHT!

“Coca-Cola is glad to be a part of this event. We are especially excited about bringing the first ever great golf ball drop to Presque Isle,” said Tony Phillips, general manager of Coca-Cola in northern Maine.  “This is shaping up to be a County-wide event and an open house of sorts for all of us based on the industrial park.”

More information on the TAKE FLIGHT! event can be found on the TAMC website, www.tamc.org or by calling 768-4044.
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