The staff at the Lakewood Airport, Cedarbridge Avenue, provides tours for local schools and institutions to provide them with aviation insights. Due to safety concerns, airport staff require an adequate number of adults to accompany the children on the tour to provide a competent level of supervision.
Kevin McKenzie, the Lakewood Airport FBO (Fixed Base Operator), said, “We don’t allow anyone to touch the airplanes but we will get close to the aircraft and answer all questions concerning the various items visible on the exterior of the aircraft. I generally walk the group past the club planes tied down on the ramp and point out a few features, such as every plane is ‘tied down’ so they don’t take off in a strong wind; there are low wing and high wing planes; and propellers are painted on the outer edge to make the spinning prop visible,” among other facts.
School groups will also learn about the unique aspects of the planes at the Lakewood Airport; for example, the twin tail on an Ercoupe or the reverse slant on a Mooney’s tail. Of course, the airport tour guides answer any questions the students have.
McKenzie said, “Hopefully, we may inspire a yearning for aviation in our youth and possibly in adults as well.”
For tour availability and convenient times for schools and airport staff, call at Kevin McKenzie, On-site manager, at 732 363 6400 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.