|Fly-in Attracts Crowd
Monday, August 24, 2009,
A youth gets ready to take a 15-minute flight around the Chillicothe area Saturday morning at the 17th annual fly-in at Chillicothe Municipal Airport.
Nearly perfect weather conditions, coupled with attractions like free Young Eagle airplane rides, face painting, a drawing and breakfast attracted a huge crowd Saturday to the Chillicothe Municipal Airport for the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 944's annual fly-in.
Organizers say there were 43 planes at the event, which started with a pancake breakfast which served 350 pilots and aircraft enthusiasts. Twenty-six pilots flew in for the event coming from as far west as Bonner Springs,
Kansas, and as far east as Memphis, Missouri. Pilots also came from as far north as Tarkio,
Missouri, and as far south as Versailles, Missouri. One of the pilots flying in Saturday morning was U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, an aircraft enthusiast from Tarkio.
The event also featured the Missouri State Highway Patrol's "Convincer" apparatus, which
"convinced" people to wear their seat belts when in a vehicle.
The LifeFlight helicopter was also on hand, as was Ducks on
Parade, the Green Hills RC Model Planes and a face painting booth.
The event also
featured drawings for several items which were donated by local
merchants. The proceeds raised go toward the EAA's scholarship
fund or are used to purchase fuel to fly Young Eagles.
EAA's primary goal is making aviation education and experience
available to young people, which is why the group developed the
Young Eagles program. This is a grass-roots program to turn dreams
into reality for children ages 8 to 17, according to EAA chapter
spokesman Jim Summerville.
program, young people are given instructions about flight and a
free airplane ride with one of the chapter's pilots. Each Young
Eagle receives a certificate, pin and brochures. Ten pilots flew
128 Young Eagles (between the ages of 8 and 17 years old) and a
total of 189 children during
Ryan Fleming, 9, of Chillicothe, prepares for flight with
pilot Raymond Hamilton.
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, one of the pilots flying to
Chillicothe Municipal Airport, gets a plate of pancakes and
sausage Saturday morning during the pancake breakfast at the 17th
annual Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 944 fly-in.
Approximately 350 pilots and aircraft enthusiasts were served