Airport to be on display Saturday

Twelfth-annual fly-in planned in Forest Lake


Aviation fans inspect a vintage plane at the 2012 fly-in. (File photo)
Aviation fans inspect a vintage plane at the 2012 fly-in. (File photo)

Curious about airplanes and local aviation? Forest Lake’s 12th annual open house and fly-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the far end of the Daniel DePonti Memorial Airport near the new hangars at 5385 Scandia Trail N.

Plane rides, displays of aircraft and classic cars, a parachute jumping demonstration and plenty of food are in store. Previous open houses have drawn more than 90 aircraft and pilots and dozens of classic cars and trucks. While the airport has a full-time flight instructor in-house, many other pilots will be available to chat with attendees.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 237 volunteers will offer free, 10-15 minute Young Eagle plane rides to kids ages 8-17. Parents must be present and pre-registration is recommended at In previous years this free service has attracted up to 180 young passengers. Those wanting more information, or EAA pilots interested in volunteering, are asked to call John Schmidt at 651-776-1717. Visit for more information about the Young Eagles program.

Staff from the new airport-based business Skydive Forest Lake will be on hand to answer questions and perform a demonstration jump. Also hosting displays will be the Forest Lake Fire Department and Minnesota DNR.

A live band will provide entertainment. The Forest Lake Lions will again offer a large menu of food, and Daniela’s Chocolates of Forest Lake will have gelato and other treats available.

Attendees are asked to be careful and respectful of the aircraft, and to touch planes only with the permission of the owner or pilot.

The airport is used by locals for pleasure and business. Among its offerings are private flights to Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Hibbing, Fargo, Omaha, Lincoln and Chicago.