For the fifth year in a row, the RPI Flying Club hosted a successful Thiers Memorial Fly-in and Car Show at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Schenectady, N.Y. Saturday. Each year, the show draws dozens of aircraft, hundreds of show cars, and thousands of visitors. Donations collected at this event benefit the club’s Lawrence H.R. Thiers Fund, which is a fund established in memory of former club president Lawrence Thiers ’99, who passed away the day before his graduation in 1999. This fund is essential to the club, as it provides opportunities for the club to explore aviation and funding for ground school for members working towards their private pilot’s licenses, introductory flights in airplanes and helicopters, and the club’s NIFA SAFECON team, which competes annually in collegiate flying competitions.
This year’s event drew more visitors than ever before. Private pilots landed at Schenectady County Airport and were able to taxi their aircraft right up to the event and park beside the Air National Guard’s C-130 Hercules, which was brought across the airport from the 109th Wing based at the airport. This aircraft was accompanied by a crew who gave tours and an airport fire truck which gave demonstrations. LifeNet, the New York state aerial medivac, also attended the event with a helicopter that was open for tours.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, where the event was held offered discounted admission to tour the classic aircraft inside. With so much to see and do, the Thiers Memorial Fly-in and Car Show has something for everyone, and the RPI Flying Club encourages all who are interested to follow the event on Facebook for a further recap of this year’s event as well as updates for the next.