If your plans are to fly in to the 2019 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27-29 in Decatur, Ill., you’ll need to know this: Located about 6 miles from the show site, the Decatur Airport is the closest place to land your airplane.
Decatur Airport is the official “fly-in host” of the 2019 Farm Progress Show. The staff at Gaitros Aviation will make every effort to make your fly-in a comfortable, convenient experience.
You will be met by a “follow-me” vehicle, which will lead you to a parking marshal. You’ll be greeted by Gaitros Aviation staff, who will provide you with coffee and cookies to get your day started right.
Shuttle buses, which run continually throughout the day, will deliver you to and from the show for a nominal fee.
Pilots staying at the FBO during the Farm Progress Show can enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience at the Red Barn Kitchen, located within the terminal airport building. The restaurant menu offers diverse choices, from hamburgers to a honey-glazed pork chop.
A pilot’s lounge and quiet room are also available. For additional information, visit gaitrosaviation.com.
The airport offers car rentals from Avis and Budget. If planning to rent a car, you’ll want to reserve early. You can learn more about airport services online.
The Decatur Airport is located at Latitude 39 degrees, 50 minutes and 08 seconds, and Longitude 88 degrees, 51 minutes and 98 seconds. The elevation is 682 MSL. Runway 6/24 is an 8,500-by-150-foot grooved asphalt and concrete HIRL. Runway 18/36 is a 5,300-by-150-foot grooved asphalt MIRL. Runway 12/30 is 6,700-by-150-foot grooved asphalt.
ASOS weather is available at 217-429-0052. Private aircraft arrivals may call the Gaitros Aviation FBO at 217-423-9903 for parking or service needs. Fuel is Jet A with Prist, Jet A without Prist and 100 LL.
On your radio, Unicom frequency is 122.95; tower frequency is 118.9; ground frequency is 121.75; and ATIS frequency is 126.35. The Decatur ATC Tower is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.