Bird's Eye View
"There were a bunch of lakes," said Brandi Reed of Granville. Her friend Samantha Marosis agreed. "They all looked like puddles," she said. Young Kirkersville resident Morgan Cole was thrilled to read "Dawes Arboretum," written in massive hedges, from the sky. The girls had just stepped from a 1960 Cessna flown by Union Township Trustee Jessie Ours. He took part in the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in and pancake breakfast, Sept. 6 at the Newark-Heath Airport.
EAA Chapter 402 FAA licensed pilots displayed their flying machines and conducted "Young Eagles" flights where children ages eight to 17 are offered free airplane rides. The event enjoyed a strong turnout, especially as the sky cleared toward the afternoon. Among the airplanes on display were a private jet, a bush plane, a seaplane, and an Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft.
"It's an opportunity to show the kids how planes work and take them for a ride. It's a neat little event," said Jim Carter, owner of Jim Carter's Marine at Buckeye Lake and owner of a 1964 Cessna 172. The 20- year veteran pilot participates in most of the local fly-ins. "try to support them," he said.
The EAA has 1,000 local chapters internationally, with activities from monthly meetings and airport open houses, to fly-ins and pancake breakfasts, which share aviation with the community and build a stronger bond between local pilots and the public.
Cole admitted to being a little nervous before taking flight, but was glad she took the trip by the time the plane landed. Although the flight wasn't enough to make her dream of becoming a pilot, she wouldn't hesitate to take to the skies again.