LINCOLN, Maine — If the skies over Lincoln have more aircraft than usual this weekend, David Lloyd will be pleased.
The Lincoln Regional Airport manager and a local chapter of the International Cessna 180/185 Club will host a fly-in and campout starting Friday that will take advantage of the town’s 2013 purchase of an airport campground and draw fliers from as far away as Texas. The event is among several economic development offerings involving the airport that the town is pursuing, Lloyd said.
“Flying into Lincoln is no different than coming into Lincoln by car or by snowmobile,” Lloyd said Thursday. “We are pretty unique because we have 13 lakes and ponds. Once you get here and learn the area, you’ll be more willing to return.”
Lincoln voters in late July 2012 agreed to accept a $237,000 grant to acquire a small terminal building, a nearby hangar and about 5 acres at the north end of the runway that includes the campground. The town kicked in $11,850 for the purchase. The measure passed 317-105 in a special referendum.
The purchases are part of a town plan formulated in the mid-2000s to use Federal Aviation Administration grants to gradually build out the two-runway airport and seaplane dock in the Penobscot River and land nearby that is slated for an industrial park.
The plan is based on several aviation-based companies around the airport, which is off West Broadway and River Road, and expected nationwide increases in local airport use. Millinocket’s regional airport is among several statewide following similar plans.
The fly-in will feature a cookout on Saturday afternoon and a shuttle donated by Thornton Bros. Inc. that will take fliers and their passengers around town, Lloyd said. It will end Sunday.