October 1, 2012
In the heart of Oregon’s wine country, McMinnville Municipal Airport (MMV) is just a fun flight away from Portland, Salem, or the Oregon coast. A World War II-era field, the airport is now home to about 150 general aviation aircraft and some of the friendliest people around—like Airport Manager Graham Goad. “Folks are welcome to fly in and pick up a courtesy car,” he says, “there’s plenty to do in McMinnville.”
If you have only a few hours to spare, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is a must-see. It’s the home of the Spruce Goose and other aviation treasures. On the ground or from the air, you can’t miss the jumbo jet perched on top of the building adjacent to the museum. That’s the Wings and Waves Waterpark, where kids of all ages can climb into the belly of the retired Evergreen Airlines Boeing 747 and then plummet down one of four “emergency” slides into a huge swimming pool.
If you’d rather have a splash of wine, McMinnville is the center of the pinot noir wine region. The valley has more than 90 wineries, most of them with tasting rooms in picturesque locations.
McMinnville always has something going on, including the annual Antique Fly-in and the UFO Festival, the largest after Roswell, New Mexico. Shopping, strolling and dining are also favorite pastimes in the McMinnville Downtown Historic District, which has numerous shops and restaurants.
“McMinnville is a great little town with all sorts of activities and events to enjoy throughout the year,” says Bill Miller, a local photographer. “With our small airport right here, it’s the perfect place for a fly-in weekend or vacation.”
Land at MMV, and see for yourself. And be sure to pack your swimsuit.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
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