Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

April 13, 2014

A fantasy-filled spring break

Just four and a half miles from downtown Goshen — a nine- minute drive from the Goshen College campus — lies a 6,000-foot sod airstrip, where 68 aircraft reside, including seven private company jets. As I drove up to the main terminal, a small yellow Arrow-Trek aircraft flew overhead and touched down on the landing strip.

The Goshen Municipal Airport is the “best well-kept secret” in Goshen, according to Randy Sharky, manager of the Goshen Air Center.

Sharky, who flies about 400 hours per year in both jets and helicopters, has managed the Air Center for 22 years. “People tend to think of a municipal airport as a rich man’s playground,” said Sharky, “but that is so untrue.”

It is true that flying out of the Goshen Airport is expensive. A trip to New York may only take a couple hours, but it will cost about $14,000. Because of this price, the main use of the airport for travel is by private business charter. When a local business needs to send representatives across the country for a meeting on short notice, chances are the Goshen Air Center can get them there within a few hours.However, since many aircraft are constantly flying from place to place, there is occasionally a chance for the everyday person to experience flight in a private jet. Grace Weaver, a sophomore English major at Goshen College, had just such an experience when her uncle, Mark Myers, offered to fly her to her grandmother’s house for Easter. Myers was already flying to Springfield, Ohio, via the Goshen municipal airport for business, so taking Weaver along was no extra hassle.

The trip, which would usually have taken three and a half hours, took only 45 minutes. They took a small jet, which comfortably seated Weaver, Myers, and the pilot and co-pilot. “I expected it to be bumpy and not very enjoyable, but it was fun,” said Weaver. “By the time I thought we’d reached altitude, we were there.” They landed in the Grimes Field Airport, a small local airport just 20 minutes from Grandma Myers’ house.When they took a trip to the nearby Champagne Aviation Museum, Weaver found out that her grandma had actually flown one of the planes on display.

Text Only
Local News

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return