Holiday joy fills the airport, packs a plane

Ho-ho-holiday joy filled the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport this weekend as airport tenants, friends and neighbors filled one of Santa’s favorite airplanes for the local chapter of Toys for Tots.

More than 10 large boxes were stuffed during the airport’s “Pack A Plane” event held Saturday morning.

Community members donated new, unwrapped gifts and were treated to cookies, cocoa, coffee and colorful paper planes.

Santa’s sleigh was busy for the event. So a special thank you to Roy Uptegraff for lending his Cessna.

Also, a good share of the toys were collected prior to the event at the administration office as well as at High Flight Academy and AirQuest Aviation.

In addition to the toys, friends of Roy Uptegraff pledged more $300 in cash donation’s in the airport’s name and AirQuest collected more than $250 to be used to buy even more toys.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in to a successful event.

After the pubic event, yet another box of toys were contributed by airport tenants during the annual Christmas party at Serventi’s Ristorante.

More than five dozen attendees enjoyed theatmosphere and meatballs Serventi’s is famous for. Another special thanks to Joe Serventi and his team.

Door prizes included contributions from the Airport Authority, High Flight Academy and AirQuest Aviation. Winners were Jim Savage, Mike Axelrad, Eric Smith and Gary Marsico and Dan Boyle.

Airport Receives Grant

PENN TWP – The Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a $630,000 grant from the state Department of Community Economic Development Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The airport, formerly known as the Butler County Airport, will use this funding allocation toward its $22-million project to extend its sole runway 700 feet from 4,801 to 5,501 feet.

The longer runway, to be added to the west of the existing runway, will enhance safety margins for existing airport users and permit pilots to plan longer flights. This proposed runway extension is not intended to generate commercial air service at the airport.

“We are excited about the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport’s potential and having it as an integral partner of the Butler County Comprehensive Plan and contributor toward the economic development of Butler County and the Western Pennsylvania Region,” said Butler County Commissioner Kim Geyer, who is a member of the Airport Authority. “The Authority has a broad range of projects we are working on through short and long-term planning as well as addressing up to date facilities which will contribute toward the economic vitality and health of the region over the next 20 to 30 years. The airport expansion project is just one of many projects.”

Specifically, this grant will help pay for a preliminary engineering design expected to cost $900,000 to be started this summer.

The airport hopes to complete the runway extension project within the next five years. When the conceptual drawings are complete, the airport will invite the community to see them at an open house.

“This extension will further enhance the economic benefit the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport provides to Butler County,” said airport manager Ike Kelly.

The Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, opened in 1929, is a general aviation reliever airport to Pittsburgh International Airport. It employs three full-time people and an additional 79 people are employed by tenants on the field, which include Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight 4 team, AirQuest Aviation, Serventi’s Ristorante and High Flight Academy.

The field is home to 138 tenant aircraft, including 9 jets. Anticipated arrival of the tenth jet later this year formalizes the airport’s latest classification upgrade from “county” to “regional” airport.

In addition to easy access and self-serve fuel pumps, the airport has “precision landing approach” equipment to guide pilots during poor weather.

Pack A Plane

Come Pack a Plane with us!
The Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport will “Pack a Plane” with toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Butler area program this year.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Airport Administration Office (473 Airport Road, Suite 2) now through Dec. 9… when Santa’s sleigh is busy but a Cessna will be waiting!!
On Dec. 9, the public is welcome to visit the airport between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to deliver donations directly to the pilot who will be there with the plane and some goodies.

For more information about Toys For Tots, visit:

AOPA hosts seminar on drones

Thanks to everyone who attended the AOPA Part 107 Drone Seminar at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport this Saturday.

The event drew about 40 attendees, who traveled from as far as Ohio. The airport hopes to continue offering educational classes on topics related to drones.

For more information about drones and other aviation topics, visit the AOPA website at:

Bomber Days was well attended – Thanks for visiting!

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended Bomber Days at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport from Aug. 16 to 18.
The Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” brought its B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine;” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” and B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo,” and P-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts.”
Visitors, which included more than two dozen veterans of World War II, explored the aircraft and shared stories about how their lives were connected to the airplanes.
A number of people also opted to purchase a flight in the aircraft.
Thanks to the Collings Foundation and everyone who helped.

“Wings of Freedom” to Visit August 16th to 18th

In honor of our WWII Veterans ~ The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour.

WHAT: Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and North American B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” mid range bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter “Toulouse Nuts,” will fly into the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport for a visit from August 16th to 18th.
This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the World. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid. The P-51 Mustang was awarded Grand Champion for restoration at EAA’s Oshkosh AirVenture.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft.
Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

WHERE: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will be on display at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, 475 Airport Road.

WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at the Butler Airport at 2 PM on August 16th and will be on display until the aircraft departs after 12 PM operations on August 18th. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2 PM to 5 PM on Wednesday, August 16th, 9 AM to 5 PM, Thursday, August 17th and 9 AM to 120 PM, Friday, August 18th.
The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

WHO: The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is celebrating its 28th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24, B-25 & P-51 display at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.

WHY: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve.
The B-17, B-25 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home. The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend” – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared. The rarity of the B-17, B-25, B-24 & P-51 – and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at

Want to be a “Confident Copilot?” IMC offers course

Have you flown with a friend or family member in a small airplane, and are interested in learning more about how an airplane flies, what the various instruments are all about, how we navigate, and what to do in the event of an emergency?
The Confident Copilot course was developed more than 10 years ago, to answer those questions, and more.
This will be the third time the course has been offered, and it will be updated to cover changes in aviation and technology.
It’s designed to be interactive, informative, and just as importantly – fun.
A number of pilots will be on hand to present different topics, as well as answer questions. Several aircraft of various types will be on the ramp, to give participants an interactive and hands on experience with different types of airplanes and instruments.
The course is designed for those who have flown as passengers in small aircraft.
Registration will be limited to allow for the best experience possible for those attending. A pizza lunch will be provided, courtesy of High Flight Academy. Information will be provided regarding their Discovery Flights and flight instruction.
Confident Copilot is a free course offered by the IMC Club, but registration is required by August 15th.
To register, or for additional information, contact Mike Neuman, at; please include your name and phone number.

Looking forward to sharing the fun and excitement of aviation!
Mike Neuman, Sue Hostler and the High Flight Academy Team

Welcome High Flight Academy

Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport is happy to announce the opening of its newest tenant business, High Flight Academy.

A full-service flight school, High Flight Academy offers students ground school taught in classrooms as well as a RedBird FMX Flight Simulator. In-air instruction takes place in general aviation aircraft, including a Cessna 172.

“We’re happy to be at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport – it’s a great location to learn to fly, just north of Pittsburgh’s airspace. And it’s convenient for drivers just a mile off Route 8,” said Chris Hayden, operations manager.

High Flight Academy is located in Hangar C-1 at 475 Airport Road, which is the former location of the Airport Authority office. The school can be reached at 724-481-1359 or

Bomber Days Schedule

The Collings Foundation will spend three days at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport with the 2017 Wings of Freedom Tour.

B-17, B-24, and B-25 Bombers from the World War II Era, as well as a P-51 Mustang Fighter (the two seater training version, which is a TF-51D) are expected to be here.

Walk Through Tour Times (no reservations needed):
8/16/2017 – 2:00 PM till 5:00 PM
8/17/2017 – 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
8/18/2017 – 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM
$15 Adults / $5 Children 12 and under.

Most flights occur in the early morning before 9 am or later in the afternoon near 5 pm. Flexibility is key to scheduling a flight, as they are subject to passenger loads and weather.

30-minute flight on the B-17 or B-24 is $450 per person
30-minute flight on the B-25 is $400 per person
30-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $2200
60-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $3200

Call 800-568-8924 in advance of the visit to schedule a spot on a flight. If you reach a voice mail recording, please leave contact information and the coordinator will get back to you as soon as possible.

Visit for more information.