National Aviation Day

Today is National Aviation Day which is also Orville Wright's birthday!

Here are 5 way to celebrate:

1) GO FLY - If you are blessed to have a pilot's license, what are you doing still reading this? Get up there!

2) Visit an aviation museum - Located in the terminal, the Bartow Airbase History Museum is open 7 days a week during normal business hours. Come check it out!

3) Teach a child about airplanes - Children may not be familiar with how aviation developed from Orville and Wilbur to supersonic jets and drones. And kids love airplanes! What better day to teach them about airplanes and the industry? Visit our customer service desk to inquire about Discovery Flights for kids.

4) Thank an aviation industry employee - Pilots, mechanics, dispatchers, flight instructors, airport managers, line guys, baggage handlers, air traffic controllers and engineers all have an equally important role in making the aviation industry what it is. Thank someone who makes aviation possible on this day.

5) Tell us about your first flight - Tell us about the first time you took to the air. Where were you traveling? Why? Do you remember what kind of airplane it was? Were you thrilled, or a little scared? Let us know!

FAA Safety Seminar at the Bartow Executive Airport July 13th

Coexisting in a Crowded Non Tower Airport with Fixed Wing Gyroplanes Helicopters Powered Parachutes

This two-hour presentation's primary objective is to emphasize safety during traffic patterns, communications phraseology, regulatory requirements, recommended operational procedures, and communications used by pilots at an airport without a control tower, or an airport with a control tower that operates only part time.

For more information and to register please click here.

First Responders and Airport Employee Week

Monday May 6th - Friday May 10th

Runways at Bartow will be hosting an appreciation week for all first responders and all employees located on the Bartow Executive Airport.

  • First Responders receive 50% off an entre

  • Employees of all businesses on the Airport to include industrial park and airside receive 25% off an entre

  • Enter to win 5 free lunches

Lunch Specials:

  • Runways Grilled Cheese

  • Prime Rib Sliders

  • Patty Melt

Breaking The Accident Chain

We have all experienced some level of nervousness while flying. When one becomes nervous, mistakes are more likely to occur and they can culminate into a dire situation within the cockpit. The FAASTeam will be holding a seminar at the Bartow Executive Airport on Saturday, May 11th from 10am - 12pm to discuss these issues. We will define the accident chain then analyze all of the situations a flight crew must consider in any flight from preflight preparation through mission completion.

Registration will begin Monday, April 22nd through https://www.faasafety.gov/

Celebration of SUN n FUN @ Bartow Executive

If you haven’t dined on the patio of Runways at Bartow while enjoying live music or testing out your knowledge in one of the trivia contests, you’re missing out on great times. Next Friday, April 5th, Runways at Bartow will be hosting a SUN n FUN party starting at 5 p.m with live music starting at 7 p.m. BBQ Ribs & Fried Chicken will be the special of the evening featuring the “Co-Pilot Buffet” that boasts a wide variety of starters, salads, and sweets.

Join the competition in the trivia contests taking place at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each contest winner. Kids will love the airplane paper contest, last contest winner won a discovery flight with an instructor from Bartow Flying Service!

Old home week at Bartow airport as Warbirds help celebrate the opening of the New Runway Café.

By KT Budde-Jones

 

Bartow airport has a long aviation history dating back to when it was a training base in both WWII and Korea.  It was one hundreds military airfields built to support the US Army Air Force’s efforts during WWII.  Originally built as a Municipal airport in 1941, it was taken over by the US government and developed into a training field as Bartow AAF to support training in Stearmans, T-6 Texans and later in P-51 Mustangs.  Florida was one of the centers for aviation training in the US during the war due to its great flying weather, flat and open undeveloped areas and its proximity to both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean that needed to be patrolled for German U-Boats.  At the start of the war there were only 6 military airfields; Pensacola, Miami, Jacksonville, Tyndall, Eglin and MacDill by the end of the war there were 227.

 

Even today, Bartow (KBOW) is still used for training in WWII aircraft.  Stallion 51 Flight Operations, based at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, another WWII training field, uses the original runways to train students in the art of landing the quintessential fighter of WWII, the P-51 Mustang.  It is not unusual to see Stallion 51’s blue nosed Mustang “Crazy Horse’ or “Crazy Horse 2” landing and taking off from Bartow as well as their yellow T-6 Texan just as these aircraft did decades ago.  A great tradition that carries on and was part of Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony. 

 

Visitors to the airport and the new restaurant that over looks the runway participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting on Saturday as city officials, airport staff and supportive guests looked on.  Also in attendance were the pilots of the half a dozen WWII planes that came in to help celebrate the occasional and partake in the delicious food served that day.

 

Two Mustang, three T-6 Texans and a Stearman were on the ramp to represent the WWII training heritage of Bartow.  As each of these vintage aircraft flew overhead ready to land, the sight and sounds were reminiscent of days gone by when hundreds of Mustangs and Texans trained boys to be pilots in these great aircraft. 

Stallion 51 Corp. is keeping Bartow’s training tradition alive on a regular basis, using KBOW for landing and take off practice in their dual cockpit - dual control Mustangs and Texan. Runway Café is perfectly situated for guest to watch the aviation action of the day and catch a glimpse of aviation history as it flies in for another lesson in KBOW’s aviation classroom.

Sun n Fun Information

Sun N Fun is less than two weeks away and all area airports are preparing for visitors. Here at Bartow Executive there will be aircraft parking for visitors, rental cars, and pilot services throughout the event. Runways at Bartow, our new restaurant, will be open during regular hours. For more information about the event or for information on reservations please contact us.