PUNTA GORDA, FL (April 2, 2018) –  The North American Training Association (NATA) will be hosting a flying formation clinic at the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) April 2 – 9, 2018.

PGD will welcome approximately 30 pilots flying T-6 Texan aircraft – the most common trainer plane based here at the former Punta Gorda Army Airfield during World War II.

Most of the T-6 Texan pilots visiting PGD are senior captains for major air carriers or have earned valuable amounts of aviation experience. They are paying tribute to veteran World War II pilots by refining their own formation skills and promoting aviation education for future generations.

About a dozen T-28 Trojan pilots will also be practicing in the area during this period. Please keep in mind that this clinic is not open to the public, and that much of the formation training is executed over Charlotte Harbor and other water bodies.

PGD welcomes the public to view historic aircraft and modern performances at the next Florida International Air Show October 19 – 21, 2018.

Please visit PGD’s Noise Mitigation Program webpage to learn more about how we address community noise concerns.

About Punta Gorda Airport

The Charlotte County Airport Authority, governed by five elected commissioners, owns and operates the Punta Gorda Airport, located at 28000 Airport Road, five minutes east of I-75, Exit 161. The Airport Authority is a nontaxing entity and operates as an enterprise fund, totally supported by revenue generated from its operations, including rental car concession, parking, fuel sales and hangar, building and land leases. In 2016, the Airport Authority was awarded Florida Department of Transportation’s Outstanding Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award in recognition of Punta Gorda Airport’s superior achievement. Punta Gorda Airport provides quick and easy access to Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Naples, Punta Gorda, Englewood and all of Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.flypgd.com.