The GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team had home court advantage this weekend for the Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach and the team made every minute count! Members of the team started the day by meeting with a group of 4th and 5th grade student government leaders from Woodhull Middle School. There were definitely future aviators in that group as their questions were so on point. The students were able to speak one-on-one with each team member, and climb into the cockpits for a full experience.
Immediately following the school visit, Larry Arken, Chris Orr, and Jim Record flew local media representatives. The aircraft had barely landed when a group of approximately 170 Leadership Donors from the Woodbury office for GEICO were greeted planeside by the pilots. These employees and their families were invited to the event based on their involvement with the 2016 annual fundraiser for the United Way. Participants asked questions, climbed aboard the vintage WWII aircraft, had their hero cards signed, and then upon leaving were given a GEICO Skytypers “swag bag” full of surprises.
Friday was media day at Jones Beach and pilot Jim Record represented the team beautifully. After a practice routine, the pilots and their families joined all of the other airshow teams for a special dinner and reception at The Cradle of Aviation Museum. A great time was had by all.
On a sad note, fellow aviator Bill Gordon was killed Friday evening on his return from a photo flight. At the end of Saturday’s air show demonstration, the team performed a “Missing Man” tribute to honor Bill Gordon. Bill was an accomplished aviator and friend to the air show community.
The Bethpage Airshow activities were just another representation of comradery, professionalism and strength in the aviation community. We’re proud to be associated with so many wonderful performers, air show organizers, and sponsors!