The late Clarence E. Norman (Earl) and his son, Charles E. Norman, founded Parr Airport. This family-owned and operated airport was established on August 17, 1971, consisting of a grass airfield and an outside telephone mounted on a pole. Today, the airport is operated by Charles E. Norman (Chuck) and his son, Robert Norman (Bob). Keeping this crew in line is Wilma Norman (Chuck’s wife), who handle the office management and procedures on the Unicom.
It’s a tradition rich in history for the Norman’s, as their aviation heritage can be traced back to the Wright Brothers on five fingers. Orville Wright taught their mechanic, the late Bernard Wayland to fly, who then taught the late Ralph Charles of Somerset, who then taught Earl (Clarence) Norman, who taught his son, Chuck, who then taught his son, Bob.
Earl Norman earned his pilot’s license in 1927 and got most of his certifications in the 1040’s He flew actively for the Division of Forestry until he retired in 1974. He passed on in January of 1975.
Chuck was the youngest pilot in the continental United States when he became licensed on his 16th birthday, July 17, 1946. He is an Air Force Veteran who served 4 years during the Korean Conflict. He has also trained hundreds of pilots in his 50 years as a flight instructor.
Bob began flying and had his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, July 5, 1977, and went on to become a flight instructor in the early 1980’s. Bob also trained for his A&P Certificate and I/A License and went on to start his own business in 1984.
The next generation of Normans also enjoys flying. Bob’s son Ashton, and daughter Aeriel. love to fly. To them, it’s just like getting in a car to go somewhere.