Two New Stunt Pilots Featured at OCIA Open House and Airshow
Waterford, Michigan -- Two experienced aerobatic pilots from Dacy Air Shows will debut at this year’s Oakland County International Airport Open House and Airshow on Sunday, Aug. 24, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Mike Vaknin of Glenview, Ill. will have spectators on the edge of their seats with gyroscopic and high-g maneuvers in his Extra 300 airplane. Vlado Lenoch of Burr Ridge, Ill. will perform a full aerobatic routine in his World War II-era T-6.
Joining them will be returning Dacy Air Shows aerobatic pilot Doug Dodge of Bay City, Mich. and Machaira, his one-of-a-kind stunt biplane whose name in Greek means two-edged sword. Dodge will dazzle the crowd as Machaira flips end over end in the air.
“This airplane is unlimited on its capabilities and we try to run it to the limit of those capabilities,” Dodge said. “A lot of times people think we’re crazy. For us that do this type of stuff, it’s a normal way of flying.”
The airshow will also include Mike Pelzer of Rochester Hills, Mich. who will parachute with the American flag while the National Anthem plays. The pilots will perform from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free; but parking is $5 per vehicle.
Patterson encouraged individuals to bring their families and friends.
“There’s something about seeing all these aircraft up close that brings out the kid in you,” he said. “The open house and air show is a family-friendly event with something for everyone.”
Individuals will be able to explore 50 aircraft including Warbirds at the open house, which runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be helicopter rides for $35 and airplane rides for $25.
There’s fun for the entire family, including a kids’ play area equipped with bounce houses. Bill Crell, “The NASA Guy,” will be on site to show off his latest experiments and demonstrations. Plus, there will be a health and safety fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. including the Michigan Child ID Program, which informs families about abduction prevention and provides fingerprinting for children.
The OCIA Open House and Airshow Committee continues its annual tradition of hosting a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.
In addition, attendees may tour the nation’s first LEED-Gold certified general aviation terminal. Open since 2011, the new eco-friendly terminal features solar panels and wind turbines, solar hot water heater, and a geothermal field all designed to reduce energy consumption. Today, the terminal has reduced its energy consumption by 44 percent.
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.