Spaceport America hosted ten Private Pilots and 24 of their guests in a first ever Fly-in event held at the spaceport on Valentine’s Day. Visiting aircraft at the event ranged from a large twin-engine, 6-passenger Cessna aircraft to a two seat, homebuilt, RV 4, parked on the spaceport apron around the iconic “Gateway to Space” terminal hangar building.
Spaceport America Executive Director, Christine Anderson and her staff took the group of pilots and their passengers on a special morning tour of the Spaceport Operations Center (SOC) and then during a luncheon updated the group on the spaceport’s progress. The spaceport guests were treated to a private tour of the Gateway To Space building given by Jonathan Firth, Virgin Galactic Senior Vice President before departing in mid-afternoon.
“[This] unique event gave our spaceport staff a chance to share a glimpse of the future of the commercial space industry with members of the aviation community and also allowed them an opportunity to work together on a large airfield operations mission,” said Christine Anderson. “We look forward to doing more community outreach projects like this with the public in the near future.”
Spaceport America has over 5,000 visitors to date who have toured the spaceport by taking one of the weekly public tours offered by the Follow The Sun tour company. Follow The Sun will be expanding their tours from 3 to 5 days a week to accommodate the new Spaceport America Visitors Experience. The new experience will include a visit to the onsite Gateway Gallery, featuring many exciting interactive displays, exhibits and the new Spaceport America Visitor Center in Truth or Consequences.