Future Pilots Take Flight with Freeflight Aviation on Learn to Fly Day
On Saturday, May 21, Freeflight Aviation celebrated International Learn to Fly Day at the Flying W Airport. With clear blue skies and calm winds, many future pilots and flight enthusiasts participated in this successful event. Participants were able to get close to the aircraft on display from Freeflight Aviation, Aero Prep and Helicopter Flight Services. Those that had questions about flight were able to talk directly to aircraft owners, pilots and flight instructors. A number of youths between the ages of 8 to 17, were given Young Eagle flights by Jan Greenberg. Jan’s a long time member of the Freeflight Aviation Flight School, a member of the local EAA Chapter 1438, and a volunteer pilot for the Angel Flight Organization. Jan is looking forward to flying atleast 500 Young Eagles for the EAA.
Several attendees took advantage of the one-hour introductory flights available in the Cessna, Piper and Diamond aircraft. Two of our Flight Instructors, Rob Burns and Chris Colacci gave attendees introductory flights. Marcus Staloff, another instructor discussed his love of the taildragger. Marcus is an owner of a red tail wheel citrbria, an aircraft covered in cloth. Others attendees decided to visit the Flying W Airport’s Runway Café for a relaxing breakfast or lunch, and enjoyed the view of aircraft taxing by or departing the runway. While enjoying their meal, they may have seen on the members of the Northeast Raider’s Demo Team taxing by their window in one of the colorful Yaks.
As an extra incentive for those considering flight lessons, a drawing was held for a Discovery Flight, a great first step in getting a pilot license. The winner Fred Demshick, a local resident of the area, will go on a one-hour flight with a certified FAA flight instructor to get familiar with the airplane, the airport and experience the general awe of taking the controls of an aircraft for the first time, thousands of feet above the earth. This was a memorable day for Fred’s family and Freeflight. Not only did Fred win the Discovery Flight, but his three children were provided a Young Eagle flight in a low winged Piper Archer by Jan. Fred and his family made a video of their flight experiences this day and shared it with Freeflight members and their friends on Freeflight’s Facebook Fan page. Freeflight Aviation looks forward to welcoming Fred into its’ family of club members.
Aviation is a small group of people interconnected to each other, expecially in this area of NJ. The Flying W Airport manages another airport close by, the South Jersey Regional Airport. It is the home of the Air Victory Museum and the original Runway Cafe. The South Jersey Regional Airport, also know as VAY, is about 5-10 minutes from the Flying W Airport. Many pilots from both airports know each other, visit both restaurants, and often go out flying together. Aviation is a small world.