Holland, MI 49424
Manager, Jim Munslow: 616-304-7422
Airport Operations Manager, Wendy Bloemers: 616-212-9696
Pilots: find important information about the Park Township Airport at AIRNAV.COM
2019 Airport Activities and Events
A lot happening at the airport, stop by and see what is going on… HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
- 63 registered pilots visited from 19 states MI, AZ, FL, OK, LA, AL, MT, TX, GA, PA, NV, IL, OH, IN, CO, WI, KY, TN, CA, MN.(local pilots don’t sign in) 182 fuel purchases
- 106 local middle and high school students attended the PTAHA FLIGHT NIGHT introduction to aviation program in the Historic Hangar. Students fly the certified Redbird Flight Simulator, sit at the controls of a plane and learn about aerodynamics.
- Coast Guard Auxiliary pancake breakfast attracted 180 hungry residents.
- 440 visitors came to the annual Airport Pancake Breakfast and Open House. Many pilots flew in, classic car owners showed their vehicles on the grass behind the aircraft.
- Civil Air Patrol MI-135 Al Johnson Legacy Squadron moved to the airport in March of 2019, to meet with and train cadets at an airport instead of in a conference room. Park Township Airport was their choice. The officers and cadets meet weekly in the Historic Hangar, and the CAP airplanes fly in for special training. 120 people attended the squadron dedication to WW2 veteran Al Johnson. The CAP awards event in August included Holland mayor Nancy DeBoer and state senator Roger Victory. The squadron of 29 young cadets has already doubled in size since moving to the Park Twp Airport.
- 60 members of the Michigan Powered Paragliders had a four day “Beach Run” fly-in/drive-in event. They camped out on the airport grass and flew their chutes around and out over Lake Michigan. Spectators and visitors were able to come onto the airport field and talk to the pilots and see their machines and flights.
- Local Scout troops restored the rustic wooded camping area on the airport property, and another group worked on the retaining wall and pavers around the T-33 jet memorial at the airport. Both were Eagle Scout projects, camp area by Owen Israels and the jet memorial by Anderson Bloemers.
- Too many other items to list including: Homecoming photos at the hangar, Hope College Rocket Launch, Air Natl Guard helicopter visit, West MI Aero RC airplane club, Fire Dept training, West MI Aviation Academy plane and helicopter rides…..
CLICK ON THE LINKS AT THE BEGINNING TO SEE EVENT PHOTOS
AirPark Vision Plan Completed
The Park Township Board of Trustees appointed a committee to create a vision for the Township’s airport property. Over the last year, the Airport Vision Committee spent countless hours creating, debating, and refining a vision, culminating in the AirPark plan detailed here. The AirPark plan is exciting, bold and looks to create a recreational, education, and aviation amenity that benefits the entire community.
Please review the AirPark Plan and let us know your thoughts and if you support the overall concept. If after reviewing the plan, you don’t feel it is the right vision for the site, let us know what you would prefer or what changes you would make to the plan. Click here for a direct email to both the Board of Trustees and Township Manager.
Over the next six months, the Park Township Board of Trustees will be seeking the communities input on this plan. We are working on identifying a firm and or academic institution to conduct scientific surveying to gather resident feedback. Community meetings and information sessions will be held to present the plan throughout Park Township.
Established in 1937, the airport has a rich history as one of Michigan’s earliest airports. It has served as an airmail stop, passenger service, and as a military pilot training airport during WW II with pilots being housed in the community building on the current fairgrounds. It once was the premier business airport in Holland where many companies would base their corporate plane. Most corporate planes are now located at the West Michigan Regional Airport. Although with direct access to companies located on the north side, we still see some business traffic.
While times have changed, the airport continues to be very popular and many indicators show HLM becoming more of a “destination” airport. Many visitors come to enjoy a weekend or a day on the lake shore, or as a convenient way to access their boat at our local marinas. We offer a courtesy car, tent camping area and free bicycles, although many will bring their bikes with them in their plane.