Auburn air show under management of new directors, will take to the skies in 2016 |

Auburn air show under management of new directors, will take to the skies in 2016

A new generation of aviation enthusiasts has taken the reins of Auburn’s Thunder in the Sky air show, ensuring the event will occur as scheduled next year.

The air show, which happens on even-numbered years, was in peril after the Auburn Aviation Association opted against sponsoring the event because key personnel left. The AAA gave its records and contact information to a group interested in the show. That group decided Wednesday to continue the tradition.

“We’re definitely going forward with it,” said Jennifer Henry, secretary of the Auburn Airport Business Park Association. “We’re shooting for September 2016. That’s why we stepped up. We want it to happen.”

The Auburn air show committee likely will avoid fundraisers for the event, and instead solicit sponsorships, Henry said.

Lee Ocker, manager of the Nevada County Air Park, was considering a small fly-in event after he learned several weeks ago about the possible cancellation of Auburn’s air show. He’s still interested in holding an event locally, though he’ll ensure it doesn’t conflict with Thunder in the Sky.

“We may do a scaled-down version of AirFest and make it more of a fly-in,” Ocker said, referring to the local, odd-numbered year air show in Nevada County. “It wouldn’t be nearly the magnitude of an AirFest.”

The Nevada County event would be open to the public and likely feature competitive flying events like a flour drop and spot landing. He would hold it in late May, before temperatures grew too hot, Ocker said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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