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Kids fly for free at Richland Airport Aviation Celebration

Kids get to fly for free at Richland Airport Aviation Celebration.

RICHLAND, Wash. -- For all the future pilots out there, kids have the chance to go up, up, and away tomorrow for free.

For the 11th anniversary of the Richland Airport Aviation Celebration, the Experimental Aircraft Association invites kids ages 8-17 to fly with volunteer pilots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids will learn aviation basics and then once in the air, have the chance to take the controls and fly the aircraft.

"I was one of those kids who hung on the airport fence, hoping that a pilot would come along a say 'gee, would you like to fly in my airplane?'” Volunteer Pilot Ian Smellie said. “Well, we take that to the extreme. We bring the kids to us, get them up in the air, and interested in aviation. Hopefully in a few years from now, they'll become pilots."

Young Eagles can also power up with a pancake breakfast for a $7 donation to EAA.

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