Free Plane Ride Offered For Youths

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Jeff Skills, who along with Sully Sullenberger, successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 on the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York will be in Payson as part of Young Eagles program on Oct 2.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. , the EAA Chapter #810 will again be offering free introductory flights to youngsters 8 to 17 years old.

Twelve pilots, each with their different airplanes, will be lined up early awaiting their Young Eagles. First come, first to fly. You must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign the permission slip or bring a signed permission slip with you. The form will be available on site or online at www.eaa.org/youngeagles.

This day will be special for Payson. Our EAA Chapter #810 has been selected as one of three, from over 1,000 Experimental Aircraft Association Chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad, to have as their guest, Jeff Skiles.

Captain Sully Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles are the pilots who successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 on the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, 2009, saving the lives of all 155 passengers aboard.

Chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles program, Sullenberger and Skiles send this message to young people.

“The two of us come from different aviation backgrounds, but a passion for flight binds us together as it binds the EAA community. Through the Young Eagles program we look forward to sharing our passion with youth, both through our local EAA chapters and our individual efforts.”

The youngsters and their parents will be able to visit with Skiles and talk to him about the historic landing and his commitment to the Young Eagles program.

His visit is courtesy of ConocoPhillips. Pilots for the Young Eagles flights, who love introducing folks to flying and careers in aviation, usually volunteer their time and pay for the fuel for the airplane. On this day, ConocoPhillips will offer one fill up for 0.66 cents to each EAA pilot. For more information, visit http://www.paysonairport.com/events.htm or contact pilot Marie @ 928-978- 5139.

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