Boys, Girls Invited to Aviation Event at Ocean County Airport Sept. 23

Sep 13, 2017

Area youth ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, Sept. 23,  at the Ocean County Airport (formerly Robert J. Miller Airpark) in Berkeley Township.  Beginning at 9 a.m., Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 898, the Ocean County chapter, and the Garden State Angels Chapter of Women in Aviation will host events to interest young people in aviation careers.

The EAA will have a Young Eagles Flight Rally, which offers free airplane rides.

“We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation,” said Gene Bunt, event coordinator.

He said pilots will be on hand to explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each participant will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their names will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis.  The logbook is also accessible on the internet at youngeagles.org

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available online.  Access to EAA’s home page is available at eaa.org.  The Young Eagles webpage is youngeagles.org.

“We want to encourage girls to explore flying and aviation in a friendly and supportive atmosphere,” said WAI Chapter President Melissa Lekas. “We will have craft activities, giveaways, brochures, literature and a flight school tour for the girls to enjoy. We just want (them to) have a chance to be opened up to aviation, interact with pilots, see a small plane and sit in a cockpit.”

For more information, call Lekas at 732-754-4891. —E.E.

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