PITTSBURG — Over 40 aircraft including Cessnas, Pipers and a variety of other planes will land at Atkinson Municipal Airport on Saturday.

The Kansas Air Tour is an annual event to raise awareness and importance of airports along with introducing aviation careers to youth.

“The air tour is an opportunity to promote Kansas aviation and share the message that aviation is open to all,” President of the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education and Fly Kansas Foundation Ed Young said in a release.  

The tour starts in Wellington on Thursday, and will land in Pittsburg by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Atkinson Municipal Airport and from there will fly off to Independence and Benton.

Atkinson Municipal Airport Manager Bill Pyle said the community will have an opportunity to speak to the pilots, view the aircraft and inspire youth to become aviators, he said.

“The tour is to promote aviation to young people and give them another view, they can see up close,” he said.

The two hour event is free to the public and to all ages. There will be a grill-out with hot dogs, chips and water — first come first serve, Pyle said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.