Our History

FlightFest, Inc. was founded in 2021 by Brianna Elliott, VP
of Skyward Aviation, with the help of her assistant and event coordinator, Erin Sakalik. Skyward Aviation, with the support of AeroNational, Friend AirCare, Phillips 66, the Washington County Airport, Range Resources, and Audia, hosted this inaugural family-friendly festival on August 14, 2021! The event was held at the Washington County Airport, where activities included airplane rides, live music, bounce houses, food trucks, carnival games, craft tables and much more! The best part: FlightFest raised $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown!

FlightFest started out as an idea that Brianna had for a very long time (almost 10 years to be exact)! One day at work, she approached Erin about helping to coordinate the event. What started out as a small 100-200 person event idea, turned into a 4000 person full-blown festival! “The more ideas we came up with, the bigger the festival became. After all, the sky was the limit,” exclaimed Brianna! The best part? They pulled it all off in just 8 weeks, with the help of very generous sponsor and volunteers!

Meet Our Team