Children enjoy plane rides with local pilots

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) – Saturday morning at the Austin Regional Airport, the Young Eagles Program gave kids a high-flying experience.

Ran by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the program introduces aviation to kids between the ages of 8 and 17.

Local pilots come out and donate their time and aircraft to give free rides to kids.

The children had a blast seeing the world from a bird’s eye view.

“I was excited. It was very fun. I’ve done this before and I really like it.” said Logan Hillman.

“It was pretty cool because you got to fly over Austin, Lansing and Mapleview.” added Gavin Matyas.

“It was very fun and exciting because it was my first time. I like when we landed. It felt really cool.” said Logan Stepp.

Some of the kids are nervous before taking to the skies for the first time but all of them came back with smiles on their faces.

After the ride, every child received a flying certificate to take home.

The Young Eagles Program has given over 2 million rides to kids since starting in 1992.

Alex Tejada

Alex Tejada

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