Aviation club gives kids a chance to take flight

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind. -- The Experimental Aircraft Association donated its time and planes to give kids free rides Saturday from the Elkhart Municipal Airport.

It's part of the semi-annual Young Eagles Program, which tries to spark a love of aviation in children.

The planes fly at heights of 700 to 1,500 feet.

“They'll take them on a 7 to 10 minute orientation flight to show them what flying is about, to take them on a small airplane and be able to experience the joys of flying,” explained Doug Busch, with Experimental Aviations Club #132.

“There were so many interesting things up there we could see the buildings looked like something from a game,” said Zachary Hayden.

George Gharardi said, “I was nervous at first but once we got in the sky I was just speechless.”

Kids were given certificates of their flight and log books to start tracking their own training if they decide to become a pilot.

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