Airplanes up for show-and-tell at Laurens County Airport Sunday
Laurens, S.C. – After a two year hiatus, the Laurens County Airport will again be welcoming pilots from across the state as the South Carolina Breakfast Club returns to Laurens this Sunday morning, Sept. 25, and anyone is welcome to drive to the airport for breakfast, see the airplanes up close and chat with the pilots.
The Laurens County Airport is located at 3985 Torrington Rd., Laurens.
“There have been times when the weather keeps them away but the weather this weekend is supposed to be very good,” said Airport Manager Bud Boyter.
The Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff is hosting its annual three day fly-in this weekend as well, so it might impact the numbers here, Boyter said. Triple Tree doesn’t have its own fuel center, however, so the Laurens County Airport is its primary fuel source, and planes are often come in to fill up as they head to the large scale fly-in at the grass airfield.
“But there’s a crowd that follows these South Carolina Breakfast Clubs all over the state and if the weather is good, we should have some of those regulars come,” Boyter said. “They like to stand around and tell their flying tales.”
Airplanes begin arriving between 8 to 8:30 a.m. and breakfast is typically ready about 8:30, Boyter said. Each year the Boy Scout Troop from First Presbyterian Laurens prepares and serves the breakfast, which is available for a nominal fee.
The Laurens County Airport, which is identified by the FAA as KLUX, is set to have a new terminal built through funds provided by the Capital Project Sales Tax, and construction should begin about February, said Andy Howard, the director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department which oversees the airport.
“I hope by this time next year we will have the new terminal either up and running or we will soon after,” Howard said.