STEELERS PRESIDENT DAN ROONEY TO BE HONORED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
WEST MIFFLIN, PA – The Allegheny County Airport Authority will recognize Steelers President Daniel M. Rooney at the opening ceremony for the 75th anniversary Air Fair at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA. The ceremony is at 9:30 am, Saturday, September 9, 2006, on the stage near the Terminal Building.
Rooney has been an avid pilot for many years and bases his aircraft at Allegheny County Airport. As a business and civic leader, Rooney is also well known for his love of aviation. A frequent flyer, he has logged hundreds of hours as a pilot. He first became interested in flying when, as a child, he watched his father, as a passenger, landing in a float plane. Later, Rooney took piloting lessons and he grabbed the opportunity to own his first plane when Steelers former Head Coach Chuck Noll was selling his V-tail Bonanza BE35.
One of his earliest memories of Allegheny County Airport is the time when his Uncle, also named Dan Rooney, who was a Franciscan priest was leaving on a flight to be a missionary in China. Rooney was only six at the time and he thought of his Uncle Dan as the hero of the family. He remembers his Uncle’s mission as such a courageous and generous act especially during a period of conflict between China and Japan.
“Because of his life long love of aviation and his position as a leader in the community, we wish to recognize Mr. Rooney at the 75th Anniversary of Allegheny County Airport. He serves as an excellent role model to others who have the passion for piloting and have made it a part of their lives. The private aircraft operator is the backbone of general aviation today. Allegheny County Airport depends on the continued support of individuals who choose piloting as an avocation,” explained Kent G. George, Executive Director, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The Air Fair at Allegheny County Airport is Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, September 10 from 9:30 to 5:00 pm. It is a festival of vintage and military aircraft. There will be a paper airplane contest sponsored by Corporate Air, on each day beginning at 11:30 in front of the terminal building. Children are encouraged to take part and all participants will get a prize. Music, food, puppet shows are all part of the festivities. More information on the event is at www.FlyPittsburgh.com.