FIT Aviation Day Features Something For All

By  //  October 19, 2012

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Event At Melbourne Airport Saturday

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Institute of Technology’s annual Aviation Day on Saturday will offer something for everyone, including a car show.

The 2012 FIT Aviation Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at the Melbourne International Airport. (Image courtesy Florida Tech)

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at Melbourne International Airport.

Greg Reverdiau of FIT Aviation said this year’s Aviation Day will be “bigger and better than ever.”

It features the Defender Car Show, organized in coordination with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. About 100 cars are expected, ranging from hotrods to antiques.

Special fly-in guest will be Joe Hurston.

His Canaveral Groves home was the subject of an Extreme Makeover TV program and he  will present his water purification system, which aids third-world countries.

The team that transformed Joe Hurston’s home for Extreme Makeover also refurbished his personal airplane, a Cessna Turbo 337 (N19EZ).

Hurston will be available all day and will demonstrate a short field take-off with his plane.

Guests will be able to see military, civilian and homebuilt aircraft and displays. Aircraft include a World War II WACO biplane with “stick and rudder,” which can be flown around the area for $75/person.

There also will be educational booths, refreshments and a children’s fun area and some of the Tuskegee Airmen will be on hand to discuss aviation history.

The Emil Buehler Center is located at 801 Harry Goode Way, adjacent to Melbourne International Airport, off NASA Boulevard, near the control tower.

Registration for car show participants is available at Admission and parking are free at the Emil Buehler Center.

Information about the event and what’s going on all day is available at or by calling 321-674-8238.