Fabulous First Flight!

There was so much to enjoy about his first ever flight in a general aviation airplane that Kenneth Spinneweber just couldn’t pick a favorite.

“II loved it all,” he said after about a half-hour in the skies over Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport.

Spinneweber, 13, of Butler won the airport’s Facebook post contest at Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau’s Celebrate Butler County event earlier this year.

He collected his prize — a Discovery Flight courtesy of the airport’s Fixed Base Operator, AirQuest Aviation — this past weekend.

Kenneth generously selected his brother Leo, 8, to be his passenger. And together they flew over some familiar sites including their home and the school they attend: St. Luke Lutheran in Cabot.

Kenneth, who has an interest in aviation, already is a member of the Civil Air Patrol 712.

“He definitely can not wait to fly again,” said his mother Trina Carl Spinneweber.

Tool Bash Blast

Neighboring Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Tool Bash in one of the airport’s community hangars this weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the fun:


Drone seminar



PENN TWP – The Pittsburgh–Butler Regional Airport (formerly the Butler County Airport) will host a free seminar about drones on Dec. 17.

Getting a drone for Christmas? You aren’t alone. According to the FAA, registration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, now outnumbers manned aircraft registration in the United States.

Learn about the regulations that apply to drone flying from a representative of the FAA, followed by a flight demonstration and a question and answer period.

The seminar is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  It will be held rain or shine inside a hangar at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, 475 Airport Road, Butler, 16002.

To register for this event, go to ButlerCountyAirport.org and click in the drone seminar registration.  Seating is limited. Although the event is free, participants are asked to bring pair of new leather gloves to be donated to the airport’s “Lend a Hand” drive benefiting Hosanna Industries.

—- For more information, call the airport at 724-586-6665 or contact the airport at btp@zoominternet.net