By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Airplanes and Coffee, a free fly-in event where pilots meet to share coffee and share piloting stories, takes place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the KCRS – C. David Campbell Field-Corsicana Municipal Airport, located at 9000 Navarro Road.

Saturday’s event will feature the opportunity to see various aircraft up close, talk to the pilots, listen to speakers, enjoy games for prizes, and of course, snack on donuts and coffee.

The organization started back in August of 2020, the brainchild of founder John Naugle. The original goal of Airplanes and Coffee was to hold a small fly-in on the first Saturday of each month at different airports around the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas. Naugle created a Facebook page called Airplanes and Coffee, where like-minded pilots could meet and plan events.

The group quickly found its voice as the social media group grew to over 23,000 members, holding more than a dozen scheduled events with up to 100 planes in attendance.

“Our success and popularity grew so fast that we now have to consider many factors when planning an event,” Naugle said. “Such as, will the airport be able to accommodate as many aircraft as we know will attend.”

The group’s fast growth caused the group’s board of directors, consisting of Naugle, Russ Keith, and Mike Roberts, to turn the organization into a non-profit.

“They have been around since the beginning and are also very much responsible for our successes,” said Naugle of his colleagues.

The main goal of Airplanes and Coffee’s mission is to get more people involved with aviation, while raising scholarship money for people looking to pursue a career in aviation. 

The fly-ins serve up more than just coffee and snacks. The organization holds “Aviation Awareness Events” where local ROTC groups are invited to the fly-ins to help educate them on aviation and all of the available opportunities to them. 

The group has given over 100 free discovery flights, which are short light aircraft flights for people who have never been up in a plane.

“We will also gladly take veterans up as we are extremely grateful for their service and commitment to our country,” Naugle said. 

There will be a limited number of flights available during the event, with certain restrictions applying.

On The Net:

Airplanes and Coffee Website

Airplanes and Coffee Facebook Page

Airplanes and Coffee YouTube Page

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