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Braden Airpark On Alert For Sept. 11

The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al Qaeda threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary.

Sunday is a big day at 

The Forks Township facility on Sullivan Trail is holding its annual  which has taken place the second Sunday in September for several years now.

It just so happens that this Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America, and airports are being asked by federal authorities to be on high alert.

"Absolutely," said Mary Joan Roth, who has worked at the airport for for the past seven years. She said the airport received notice Tuesday.

"We're told to be aware of anything suspicious and that we should not take matters into our own hands."

The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al Qaeda threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary. Authorities say while there is no specific or credible terrorist threat, they are stepping up security across America as a precaution and asking smaller airports to be on the lookout as well since terrorists have considered renting private planes and loading them with explosives.

After the 2001 attacks, the government grounded thousands of crop dusters amid fears the planes could be used in an attack.

On Saturday, the airpark will host a Federal Aviation Administration safety seminar from 10am to 2pm.

Sunday, though, is when the airpark will really come alive.

The "Fly In" kicks off with breakfast from 8-11am; lunch and live entertainment from noon to 2pm; R.C. Aircraft flying demos; antique, military, homebuilt and contemporary planes; the Keystone Region MG Car Club, and the Blue Mountain Antique Engine Association featuring old-time gas motors.

"Every year this event is sponsored by the EAA [Experimental Aircraft Association]," Roth said.

She said that planes from everywhere in the region -- Lancaster, Reading, New Jersey -- fly in for breakfast and some of the other events.

The public is welcome, too. (Admission is free.)

She said that the runway will be shut down for an hour for a remote control demonstration. There are also booths, raffles and aviation experts on hand.

"It gets our neighbors to realize what we have here," Roth said. "People will get to see what this airport is all about."

For more information, contact Moyer Aviation at 610-258-0473.

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