The Black Pilots of America group will hold its annual fly-in during Memorial Day weekend. Events will be held Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, at the Pine Bluff Regional Grider Field Airport.

Pilots from across he nation will celebrate Operation Skyhook with flying competitions, free airplane rides for youth and general aviation and military aircraft to view, according to a news release.

“Member chapters arrive for a weekend of fun, aviation camaraderie and serious flying competition,” according to the Black Pilots of America’s website. “The majority of competitors own their own aircraft and take great pride in showing off not only the look of their most prized possession, but it’s performance and capabilities as well.”

“The event brings in a large number of spectators from the surrounding area, and generous BPA members volunteer to give airplane rides — ‘Young Eagle Flights’ — to hundreds of enthusiastic children,” according to the website.

“We culminate Operation Skyhook with an awards banquet where trophies are awarded to the members who have demonstrated their superior flying skills, along with a highly-sought-after trophy for the chapter with the highest accumulated points. Bragging rights are determined and an individual ‘Top Gun’ award is given to the supreme pilot who accumulated the highest number of points for their individual performance during the competition,”according to the website.

The community is invited to attend events at the airport. Details: or call Grider Field, 870-534-4131.