SOUTH GLENDALE — Brand Boulevard will turn into an open-air hangar filled with planes, helicopters and other aircraft for one day next summer.
Glendale-based nonprofit Friends of Aviation, which will organize the event, works as an umbrella for charities such as Angel Flights — whose volunteer pilots fly cancer patients to treatments — and Challenge Air, which arranges flights to lift the spirits of terminally ill children and their parents.
A pilot since his youth, Friends of Aviation President Nick Rahkonen said he founded the nonprofit to "let people know what aviation is all about."
"We realized that pilots and aviation people tend to get sectioned off from the rest of society," he said.
With fundraising especially difficult in the current economy, nonprofit officials dreamed up a flight festival as the ideal way to generate awareness and cash.
The nonprofit had hoped to hold the air festival this summer, but postponed the event in light of logistical concerns.