Wings & Wheels Airshow, Fly-in and Car Show
Ravalli County Airport
c/o Ravalli County Pilots Association
516 Airport Road
Hamilton, Montana 59840
ARINC 122.8 MHz
Send Wings & Wheels show pictures & videos to
pictures at wingsandwheelsairshow dot com
Food Vendors can contact us at
vendor at wingsandwheelsairshow dot com
Ravalli County Airport built in 1934 is the busiest general aviation airport in Montana with 70 aircraft hangars and 106 aircraft located on the field.
We have over 24,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The latest economic study by the Montana Department of Transportation notes Ravalli County Airport contributes over $20,000,000 to the economy of Ravalli County.
The future plans for our airport (airport improvement) include moving the runway 400 feet to the East, 1550 feet north and extending the runway length from 4200 feet to 5200 feet. Why? Currently, Ravalli County Airport does not meet Federal Aviation safety standards and if we don’t move to meet those standards we stand to lose Aviation Trust
The Aviation Trust Fund was established to help build and maintain airports, just like the highway trust fund was established to help build and maintain highways. The Aviation Trust Fund is funded through ticket taxes and aircraft fuel taxes. Generally, the FAA pays 90% of all costs to build or maintain an airport. The sponsor, Ravalli County in this case, is responsible for the remaining 10%. The Ravalli County Aviation Foundation will raise this money in lieu of tax payer funds. As an example, if this airport improvement project were to cost ten million dollars, the Ravalli County Aviation Fund would have to pay one million dollars, called “match money”. Stop and think about it. If someone was to offer you a $250,000 house, but you only had to pay $25,000 for it, would that be a good deal? Would you take it?
The users of our airport want a safe airport that meets FAA safety guidelines for numerous reasons.
Check out our sponsors for this airshow. Because of them, this airshow is free. When it comes time to vote, vote for those who are doing everything possible to get this project accomplished and are working hard to improve the standard of living for Ravalli County residents though more jobs and higher wages. Vote for those who have a vision of the
future. Thank you for taking the time to get informed.