New Garden Flying Field air show set for grand return on August 30

NEW GARDEN — One of the biggest events in Chester County is making a comeback in 2022.

New Garden Flying Field Air & Car Show, also known as the Festival of Flight, is scheduled to make its grand return beginning noon August 30.

The event will end with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Pilot Mike Petrucci, of Newark, Delaware, and his daughter, Sam, attend the pancake breakfast at New Garden Flying Field on Saturday. (JEN SAMUEL — MEDIANEWS Group)

The New Garden Flying Field Air & Car Show was canceled in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the event was canceled due to the pandemic. Last year, there was no special event due to President Joe Biden’s home being within a 12-mile radius of the airport. Every time POTUS flies home for a weekend, flights at the New Garden Flying Field are grounded due to federal regulations.

In 2021, there was no weekend provided in advance from the White House that guaranteed the president wouldn’t be visiting his home in nearby Delaware, as previously reported.

President Biden’s home is located next to the Tatnall School and a few smiles shy of Hockessin in New Castle County, which borders New Garden.

“We are actively working hard to connect all the dots to get this event ‘off the ground,’” said New Garden Flying Field Aviation Director Jonathan Martin.

“We are currently accepting business sponsors for the show,” Martin said on Monday. “Proceeds from the show will go towards supporting our Future Aviators Programs at New Garden Flying Field.”

Martin noted the event schedule is subject to change.

The municipal-owned airport property includes nearly 190 acres of land on the highest point of Chester County at 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon in New Garden Township near the municipalities of East Marlborough Township and Avondale Boroughs.

The pancake breakfast is underway on Saturday in New Garden Township. (JEN SAMUEL — MEDIANEWS GROUP)

On Saturday, the airport hosted a pancake breakfast, organized by the local EAA Chapter 240. Besides fresh hot pancakes being served, guests were treated to eggs, coffee and other treats to kickoff the weekend in Southeastern Chester County.

Many families were in attendance.

Flying Field’s legacy

New Garden Flying Field first opened on June 9, 1986.

In 2007, New Garden Township purchased the airport from the DuPont family. The municipality began to enact a vision of change to bring contemporary upgrades to the independent airfield and hangars which services both recreational and corporate aviators.

New Garden Township soon hired Jon Martin, who became the municipality’s very first aviation director of the airport.

Under Martin’s leadership, New Garden Flying Field has thrived. The airport has received several state and federal grants to help fund key projects including new hangars, a parallel taxiway and an Aviation Center, which serves as the airport’s headquarters.

After a two-year hiatus, New Garden Flying Field Air & Car Show is scheduled to make its grand return beginning noon August 30. (JEN SAMUEL — MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Today, the municipally-owned airport property includes nearly 190 acres of land on the highest point of Chester County at 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon in New Garden Township near the municipalities of East Marlborough Township and Avondale Boroughs.

The maintenance shop opened within the Aviation Center in March of 2019. The shop offers routine maintenance, upgrades and repairs as well as aircraft restoration services.

New Garden Flying Field, also known as N57, offers pilots and visits a self-service fuel pump that is available 24/7.

In 2009, the New Garden Flight Connection opened. One of its flagship programs is the Future Aviators summer camp, a program that has given more than 1,400 introductory flight lessons to young people since its inception.

New Garden Flying Field offers youth, between the ages of seven and 15, the opportunity to discover the joy of aviation during a weeklong daytime camp.

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