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Local EAA Aviation Youth Group Takes Flight for Lunch Adventure

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 1:22 am

Pictured (L to R) John Weber, EAA Chapter 534 Aviation Youth Program director makes sure Mateo Colmenero is tightly strapped in for the flight. Since John is a certified light sport flight instructor he is used to having his students in the left-hand seat “pilot in command”.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 Aviation Youth members and some of their parents flew away on private general aviation aircraft for lunch at the Pyper Kub Café at the Williston, Florida Airport on September 1, 2018.
The Aviation Youth program wanted to add a little spice to the program as a reward for all the hard work the kids have put forth this summer learning how to repair real airplanes. They were not charged for the lunch or the flight. Who says there is no free lunch!
They have been working diligently on a light sport Mini Max aircraft that had been damaged at another airport during a tornado. The owner decided to donate the bruised plane to EAA Chapter 534 for use with their Aviation Youth Program. When this plane has been restored to flight status the chapter has several other aircraft kits that have been donated for the young people to work on.
The work the kids do on the airplanes is overseen by chapter members who have built experimental aircraft themselves. Since our country is suffering from a pilot shortage now and in the near future, it is hoped that this aviation exposure will stimulate their interest to seek out aviation careers and /or private pilot licenses when older.
If you would like to find out more about EAA Chapter 534 and their Aviation Youth Program you may contact John Weber at ransfly@aol.com . To find out more about EAA Chapter 534 or the national Experimental Aircraft Association you may go to the following web sites. www.eaachapter534 and www.eaa.org
Story and photos by Ted Luebbers