Civil Aircraft Fly-In

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Columbus AFB officials here recently took a giant step toward protecting the more than 450 proficient Air Force military pilots they produce every year.

About 70 civilian pilots and 20 civilian aircraft landed here Saturday for a Civil Aircraft Fly-In.

The event gave civilian aviators an inside look at Columbus' daily operations and familiarized them with common sortie flight paths used by instructor and student pilots. 

"Through education of the Columbus Air Force Base mission, we hope to continue a strong working relationship with local civilian pilots and help eliminate in-air conflicts between civilian and military aircraft," said Col. Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing commander.

Event participants received a Columbus Air Force Base mission and air space use briefings. They also visited the Radar Approach Control Facility, received a hands-on look at the base's training aircraft and received aircraft simulator sorties.