FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- The community in Marion County took to the skies on Saturday.
Fairmont State University and the Alpha Eta Rho hosted a fly-in at the Fairmont Municipal Airport.
The free event brought in dozens of planes and a helicopter. The Civil Air Patrol was also there and breakfast and drinks were on hand.
Organizers said they hope events like this will get more people interested in aviation.
"You are looking at two guys who have been flying since their teens. If you love it you want to share it and if you want to talk about airplanes don't ask," said Jason Vosburgh, Assistant Professor of Aviation at FSU.
"Go out and fly. This is a career field where you can do what you like to do and actually make a living. There's a great potential around here for flying, in the United States and the world in general. Aviation is suffering from a pilot shortage so now is the time to do it," said Dennis Elliott, Assistant Professor of Aviation at FSU.
FSU is hoping to host more fly-ins throughout the year.