July 26, 2011 > Kids fly free
Kids fly free
By Simon Wong
Last year, more than 400 visitors attended what is believed to be the Bay Area's only aviation event that combines history, aviation, culture and community. This is an opportunity for the public to meet World War II Tuskegee Airmen, who will be available for autographs and photographs, and for children to fly free. The event will also feature memorabilia and free flight simulator experience.
East Bay Aviators, Inc., Tuskegee Airman, Inc. and the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, will host their fourth annual Open House on Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. at the Hayward Executive Airport Control Tower Lawn. Refreshments will be available.
"East Bay Aviators, Inc.'s ethos is motivation and learning through aviation. The non-profit does business as MALTA," explains Ben Henderson, CEO/Executive Director, East Bay Aviators, Inc. "Each youth who flies will receive a certificate signed by his or her pilot. This event will also be a chance for young people to learn about what it takes to succeed. The courage and conviction of the Tuskegee Airmen, the popular name for the 332nd Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps, is an inspiration to successive generations. One of our goals is to keep that story alive.
"We want to introduce flight to youth, especially those who are under-represented in the field of aviation," Henderson added. "Aviation teaches discipline and respect. It is a good career and provides direction in life."
Pilots at the Open House volunteer their time and aircraft and all are positive role models. Given the types of aircraft flown, the discipline and skills required of a pilot are evident; passengers can observe the instrumentation and pilot at close quarters from their seats during flight. The simulator provides a first-hand appreciation of a pilot's ability to multi-task.
This is the event's fourth successive year. Last year, more than 100 youth took to the skies, flew the flight simulator and toured the Hayward Control Tower with friends and family.
For more information, call (510) 259-1062, (510) 305-4437 or (510) 919-2721.
Hayward Executive Airport Open House
Saturday, July 30
11 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Hayward Airport Control Tower Lawn
20301 Skywest Drive, Hayward