EAA visits Marlin for campout event at lake
Chapter 34 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) members visited locally for a overnight campout, fishing and kayaking at the Marlin Airport/City Lake over the weekend. Forecasted high winds and threatening rain cancelled many of the expected attendees. The evening ended with an outdoor movie.
EAA is a recreational and educational organization promoting recreational flying and its goal is to grow participation in aviation by promoting “Spirit of Aviation.”
According to Chris Sims, certified pilot, “Marlin is a location that has an airport, lake and opportunity for trail walks as part of the recreation. One of the amenities spotlighted was the City Lake which attracts seaplanes.”
EAA is working with the city of establish Marlin as a seaplane base.
EAA visited Marlin last November for the City Festival at the airport where community youth participated in numerous aviation activities including flights and STEM events. Aviation careers are in demand including pilots, engineers and aircraft mechanics. There is an interest in establishing a local EAA chapter.
The group thanked Cedric Davis, City Manager, for the improvements made at the airport from additional paving for parking, fire pit, to clearing of trees and debris and excited about returning soon.