Born To Fly: The Bryce Canyon Airport Welcomes Pilots at Annual Event

The annual Bryce Canyon Fly-in and Car Show this Saturday has sparked many pilots’ interest. One, Todd McCutchan, started piloting at age 12 and says he was born to fly.

It all began when McCutchan won his 7th grade science fair. The prize included a one hour flight instruction at the local airport. Afterwards, he got a job washing airplanes for flight lessons. It was his way to continue learning about piloting and the plane industry from a close distance.

“I was thrilled when I got the job,” said Todd McCutchan. “Planes were my passion, I would’ve done anything to be around them.”

McCutchan flew his first plane on his 16th birthday, and owned a private license by age 17. He went on to become the president of three fixed based operators and chief pilot of a flight department by the age of 27.

McCutchan says one of his favorite places to fly over is Bryce Canyon.

“My wife and I love to come down and enjoy the beautiful red rock scenery up in the air and the amazing hiking opportunities down on the ground,” McCutchan said.

The Bryce Canyon Fly-In and Car Show will exhibit many unique planes and cars, including McCutchan’s own plane.

“I am flying my Beech T-34A Mentor,” McCutchan said. “This plane is special to me because of its long and dedicated service to the United States”

Created in 1948, the Beech T-34A Mentor is the primary military trainer of the US Armed Forces, one of the longest serving military trainers ever produced.

Expect to see other warplanes including the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, a Nanchang CJ6-A and more.

For more information about the fly-in event, visit their website at

Get to know Todd McCutchan more by visiting his website

About Garfield County:
Garfield County is located in Southern Utah and provides access to nearly a dozen national/state park and forest areas, including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks. Visitors enjoy epic road trips while exploring Scenic Byways 12 and 143—highways so spectacular they’ve been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for their one-of-a-kind features. The area is only an hour drive to a commercial airport and four hours from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. To plan your own world-class vacation, visit: or call the Garfield County Tourism Office at 800-444-6689.

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