Samuel Allen doesn’t know what got him interested in aviation. No one in his immediate or extended family that he knows of is a pilot or worked in the field. His parents supported his interest by taking him to air shows. And so did the Dallas Independent School District, which selected Allen for its career internship in August 2006, the start of his senior year.
The district had never had an aviation intern, Allen remembers, so it contacted Addison Airport, which said it would gladly help create one. Expecting little more than a couple of airplane mechanics selling gas, his semester at Addison was an eye-opener. “I learned first-hand about all the different activities at a busy general aviation airport and the contributions it makes to the economy,” he said. He spent time with every airport department from real estate, accounting, and operations to time in the control tower and with the airport tenants.
An eager and proactive student, Allen wrangled extra time with the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and Million Air Dallas. The connections he made there landed Allen a job at Million Air Salt Lake City, where he worked his way through Westminster College, a small liberal arts school with an aviation program. Working full time, before he graduated with his degree in aviation management, he went from pumping gas to a line service supervisor.
From high school on, Allen set his aviation sights on becoming an airline pilot. He enrolled in Westminster’s flight program. As he earned his private pilot license, he learned more about an airline pilot’s life and decided it wasn’t for him, so he transferred to aviation management. He now flies for fun, and Addison’s Monarch Air is now his home base.
Here at Addison, we spend an enormous amount of time and effort telling almost anyone who’ll listen that this is not just a place where planes takeoff and land, but that it’s also a pretty valuable piece of real estate … about 25% of the real estate that forms our town in fact. That means our stories should be pretty important to everyone because the airport helps keep local taxes low while providing hundreds of jobs and hence, millions of dollars in economic impact to the area.
If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog — and our thanks to the hundreds of you who are — you’ve probably heard all of this before though because our Economic Impact story is one of the key methods we use to make sure the community understands our value.
Oh ho hum! Sometimes talking business can become … well, a tad dull and boring no matter how important we think we are.
Luckily, every July 4th season Addison Airport becomes one of the most fun places in America. And that’s not just us talking. The Travel Channel calls Addison’s KaBoom Town Fireworks display one of the best around. The American Pyrotechnic Association – the organization that certifies our fireworks people – call Addison’s Kaboom Town one of the Top 10 fireworks displays in the entire United States as a matter of fact. Pretty impressive …
Of course for the hundreds of thousands of local Addison people who come out to watch KaBoom Town each year, you know there’s more to the show than just an exciting bunch of loud, colorful fireworks. KaBoom Town is about airplanes after all … dozens of them in all shapes and sizes and colors. All of them come together once a year to create another portion of the show — the airshow part — that everyone stays to watch as daylight turns to evening.
This year our friend Scott Slocum from AeroMedia Group outdid himself with a blend of spectacular airplanes and people shots … great color and yes, some astounding airplane noise. All of it together creates a truly unbelievable experience for anyone who calls themselves a true airplane geek and perhaps for even a few who still are not quite sure.
So sit back and spend the next 3 1/2 minutes with us reliving the best of Addison Airport’s Kaboom Town 2013.