During the weekend, June 16-18 at the airport in Kąkolewie in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, the Poznań Aeroclub organized the 10th National Gigants Meeting. In addition to the modeling event, the inauguration of the airport in Kąkolewo took place, which was taken over by the Aeroklub Poznański.
The three-day event was dual in character, because in addition to large RC models, including jets models, the launch of the airport in Kąkolew was also inaugurated by the Poznań Aeroclub. The ceremony on Saturday was attended by representatives of the Aeroclub, local authorities and the Poznan University of Technology.
The weather initially did not spoil, and the rain falling since morning hindered both RC model flights and the planned Żelazny Aerobatic Group show. Luckily, after 16.00 the weather started to improve, so all flights planned for that day were organized.
From Kobylnica to Kąkolewa
The Poznań Aeroclub for many years was associated with the airport in the Kobylnica near Poznań. Unfortunately, with the development of the Aeroclub and surrounding settlements, and because of plans to transform some of the areas near the airport into new housing estates, the Aeroclub had to find a new place for itself. The search for a new airport and the related negotiations and talks were not easy and lasted for several years.
The choice fell on the former military airfield in Kąkolew. The base was built in the 1950s and was a spare airport for Krzesiny Air Base. Currently, a huge area with a concrete runway length of over 2 km is not used. The airport is far away from larger buildings and, what is important, it has a runway, thanks to which, not counting the lack of base buildings that need to be built, it provides much better infrastructure than the airport in Kobylnica.
Getting to the airport from Poznań is also quite easy and takes less than an hour. In the coming years – according to plans within 2-5 years, the entire infrastructure needed to maintain the Aeroclub, including hangars and offices, will be created on site. The airport will also be used by Poznan University of Technology and GA Żelazny.