Eighty-five youths turned out for the free airplane orientation flights at the Payson Airport Saturday.
Along with the youths there were 32 volunteers and 14 airplanes involved in the hands-on experience for those in the 13-17 age bracket who got to fly a plane during the event, says pilot Robert Henley. Younger attendees got a free flight also.
Jeff Skiles was on hand to talk with the youths individually and in groups as they were introduced to the fun of flying and also as a possible career. Phillips 66 gave each of the pilots taking part in the orientation flights a full fill-up for only 66 cents.
“It was priceless to see the kids enjoy themselves,” Henley said.
He said the parents were just as excited as the youths taking part in the free flights, which was good to see.