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Local aviators spark youth interest in flying

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This past weekend, local aviators tried to light the spark for local youth, with an interest in flying.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 961, hosted the annual Young Eagle Flight Rally at Los Alamos Municipal Airport.
Many local pilots took youth, between the ages of eight and 17, up for a 20-minute spin, in a variety of aircraft, during the three hour period.
As a parent, it is hard to smile and wave as your lips tremble during lift off. Once aloft, the planes seemed to disappear in the sunlight, as your heart travels outside your body for those 20 minutes. The youth were all smiles upon their return with great stories to share.
Will Fox took one student over Mesa Public Library, her favorite spot to be during the summer.
Another young man hoped to see his house in White Rock.
Programs like this offer youth a chance to experience an opportunity like no other. In many cases, an opportunity some could not afford, especially for families with multiple children.
One pilot commented how he has provided more than 100 Eagle Flights throughout the years. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to know if that sparked a passion that is soaring, all pun intended, today.
So well done, flyboys and thanks for such a neat memory.


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