June 26, 2018

The Carson City Airport, one of the longest continuously operating airports in the western U.S.,
celebrated its 90th anniversary with an open house and fly-in on June 23. The event is a highly
anticipated tradition, held annually for over 20 years, and typically attracts more than 6,000 people.

Although the open house features flight demonstrations and static displays of an exciting array of aircraft,
tethered hot-air balloon rides and other fun family events, the focus is on education. Attendees can watch
robotics and drone demonstrations; build a rocket; participate in Carson City Library STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) activities; and see presentations by professionals representing a
number of aviation-related careers, ranging from a commercial pilot and UAS specialist to aviation
medicine expert.

“With the industry in need of new professionals, we see a critical need to engage youth and this event
does that,” said Kenneth Moen, general manager of the airport. “We try to interest students in aviation as
a career.”

“We want to show different aspects of aviation. Kids think ‘pilot’ first, when they think of aviation careers,
but we have presenters who talk about other aspects of aviation,” Moen added.

Carson City AirportThe airport markets the event through the local schools and youth groups and invites aviation education
providers to attend. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other aviation education institutions will be
onsite to talk with students about various careers in aviation and how to get started in the industry.

Carson City Airport first opened in 1928 on just over one acre of land. It is now the home to about 350
based aircraft on over 600 acres. The airport, located near Carson City, Reno and Lake Tahoe,
contributes over $30 million annually to the local community.