Mt. Hawley Airport open house

By Beau Ebenezer

October 20, 2012 Updated Oct 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The extension was done to incorporate aircraft insurance policies requiring at least 4,000 feet of runway for take-offs or landings.

Officials say Mount Hawley is the only airport in Illinois that offers pilot medical certification and training to become a pilot.

"It is a time producer for business people besides its just a heck of a lot of fun. Taking flying lessons is a really interesting challenge, and it's a lot of fun and a heck of an accomplishment," said Airports Director, Gene Olson.

Visitors got an up-close view of the planes on display.

The small airport currently holds 75 different airplanes.

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