High-flying adventure for kids on Junior Aviation Day at the Airdrie Flying Club
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am
Youth ages eight to 17 who are interested in aviation can take a trip to the skies above Airdrie on June 7 with the eighth annual Junior Aviation Day hosted by the Airdrie Flying Club.
This free event will give kids the opportunity to strap in and take a flight in a small plane, with some kids being lucky enough to even try their hand at piloting the aircraft.
“It’s a really great outreach program for the community,” said Event Organizer and Airdrie Flying Club member Richard Wiskar.
“It gets kids interested in aviation and it lets us (pilots) get out and fly.”
The event, scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Airdrie Airport, is by pre-registration only and spots are limited so those interested in this high-flying fun should register as soon as possible online at airdrieflyingclub.ca
“When they’re on the ground, they get to walk around a real airplane and have a sort of ground school,” Wiskar said.
“From there, they get to meet the pilot and whoever is lucky enough to sit in the front seat is lucky enough to fly the airplane.”
He added the pilots are all certified and have lots of flying experience. He also added safety is always key in every flight.
“The kids are all very safe. These airplanes are built first with safety in mind,” Wiskar said.
He said the planes themselves range from homemade aircrafts to certified production aircraft but all are quite a bit smaller than what kids are likely to have been exposed to when they take a flight on vacation.
“It’s really a unique chance of a lifetime,” Wiskar said.
“Hardly anyone gets the chance to fly a little plane. The view is spectacular.”
The flights last between 12 and 15 minutes and during the flight, the kids can look around and try and spot their home from the sky.
“For the kids it’s a totally unique experience. Probably most have never been in a little plane but once they go, they always want to go again.”
He said the kids often come away with a better appreciation of how fast planes are actually going when they are in flight.
With the weather on June 7 looking like it will be sunny and warm, it seems unlikely the event will be impacted by stormy weather but this is Alberta and things can always change.
In the event of inclement conditions, participants will receive an email informing them of the cancellation and will receive further information on the rescheduled day as it becomes available.
“It really is a neat event,” Wiskar said of Junior Aviation Day.