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More than 200 children soar at fly-in
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:00

5-1flyin1Alex, Rayna, and John Michael West were all smiles after their Young Eagle flight at the 2014 Wetumpka Airport Fly-in.

Photo: Brian Hodge

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Experimental Aircraft Association #822 welcomed visitors to their annual fly-in at the Wetumpka Airport last weekend. The event is designed to bring in pilots from around the region and beyond to show off their planes with pride.

The event is also a showcase to stimulate interest in general aviation, especially among children. More than 220 children got a free flight around the area as part of the Young Eagles program. The Young Eagles program encourages children ages 8-17 to take a free flight, complete with a basic flight instruction lesson. Many of the children steered the airplanes they were riding in, which pilots say is always a big hit with the youngsters.

5-1flyin2Photo: Pilot Savannah Weaver, once a Young Eagle herself, brings her plane in for a landing.

Photo: Brian Hodge

In addition to the airplanes ferrying youngsters across the sky, there were several 'static displays' of aircraft including a glider belonging to the local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. A small fleet of electric and gasoline powered remote control aircraft were also on display. For those too young to ride in the big planes a pair of simulators gave even the youngest eagles a chance to fly.

 

Photos: Brian Hodge

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:10
 
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