Future Pilots of America® Fall-Fly-In
NOTE: If weather is bad enough we will postpone the aerobatics to Sunday!!
The Future Pilots of America® Fall Fly-In would not have been able to happen without the following sponsors!!!
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Saturday October 19th - Event Begins at 9 am!!
Roosevelt Memorial Airport - 5A9
930 Roosevelt Hwy, Warm Springs, GA 31830
History of Roosevelt Memorial Airport (5A9)
The Roosevelt Memorial Airport in Warm Springs, Georgia, is one of the nation's most historic airports. It was dedicated in
the Spring of 1932 by then Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt of New York. The airport was used to provide air access
for the President to his "Little White House" during his term as President. It also provided access to the polio treatment
center, then known as the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, founded by President Roosevelt. It would later become
the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.
For years the Airport had supported the basic general aviation needs for Warm Springs and the surrounding Community.
Local leaders understood that the airport could be used for supporting tourism at Warm Springs, as well as becoming a
strong catalyst for economic development within the Community. Meriwether County leaders decided to greatly expand
the Airport so that it would become the significant economic generator for the community that they envisioned.
However, the existing 3,000 foot-long runway was inadequate for use by most business aircraft.
The County made a number of land purchases to provide room for the runway extensions and the approaches required
for both ends of the runway. With such a large project, extensive clearing was needed to provide clear obstruction-free
approaches, and Meriwether County accomplished much of that obstruction clearing by using its own forces.
Runway 17-35 was extended to a total of 5,000 feet with a 1,500-foot extension on the north end, and a 500-foot extension
on the south end, principally through a grant from the OneGeorgia Authority. New runway lighting, PAPl's and taxiway
turnarounds were constructed. New hangars were constructed to provide storage for new based aircraft and create
activity at the airport. The County used their own forces to extensively renovate the building.
Meriwether County made large investments of their own time, energy and funding into these facilities to make the Airport
a driving force in their economic community. Most of the business jet fleet can now safely land and takeoff at the Airport.
Although the Roosevelt Memorial Airport is one of the most historic airports in the country, it has adapted to the
contemporary economic work place while continuing to respect its roots.
Contact for further information:
Michael Watson - 706-402-5007
Len Strozier - 478-747-3747
Paul Harman - 706-977-8060