Who doesn’t love a good air show?
Watching airplanes soar through the sky performing acrobatic aerial feats that seem to defy the laws of gravity is something children everywhere should have the chance to do, even here in the Golden Isles.
Assuming the Glynn County Airport Commission and the Glynn County Commission approve the Wings Over the Golden Isles Air Show in the coming weeks — approvals that appear to be nothing more than formalities — families in Brunswick and the surrounding areas will get their chance to be wowed by the power of flight.
But there are two other aspects of the air show that could be even more beneficial down the road.
The first is the obvious one. Organizers with JLC Airshow Management and officials with the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau estimate between 75,000 to 100,000 people will attend the event. If even half of those come from outside of Glynn County the community will see quite a nice boost during the weekend.
Visitors for the air show will stay in Glynn County hotels, eat in Glynn County restaurants and patronize Glynn County businesses.
If it becomes an annual event, which event organizer and Brunswick native John Cowman has made allusions to, the air show will be another fall weekend area businesses can count on as being busy.
Then there is the less obvious benefit — the exposure the area’s aviation community will receive.
Aviation in the Golden Isles is alive and well. Not only is there a thriving community of general aviation enthusiasts here, there are businesses like Stambaugh Aviation and Gulfstream employing large numbers of skilled people.
When it comes to quality employment opportunities for the skilled workers coming out of the Golden Isles Career Academy and Coastal Pines Technical College, there cannot be too many.
The Brunswick Golden Isles Airport itself will be on display as well, with its 8,000-foot-long runway that has seen the likes of Air Force One landing on it in the past.
The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority has said in the past it would like to attract more aviation-related businesses to the area.
Perhaps Wings Over the Golden Isles will be the perfect chance to show everyone just what we have to offer.