Would-be pilots and those with licenses but nothing to fly finally have a way to take off.
A group of local residents has launched Payson Flying Club.
The group offers flying lessons and aircraft rentals.
Before the club, there were no rental planes available at the Payson Airport.
When Bob Giarraputo, a pilot of 40 years, moved to Payson several months ago, he was surprised and disappointed to see there was no way for him to fly not owning a plane himself.
Luckily, others shared Giarraputo’s frustration and Payson Flying Club quickly formed.
“This is a way for people in town who want to learn to fly to get their private and commercial licenses,” he said.
The group has three Federal Aviation Administration certified flight instructors and a “well maintained” Cessna 172 for instruction.
The group plans to add other planes in the near future.
“Our goal is to provide the best experience for those seeking the skills to pilot a plane and also seasoned pilots,” he said. “Imagine flying over the White Mountains, flying the family to Prescott for lunch or to Las Vegas for the weekend.”
Those already certified, are welcome to rent the Cessna. There is a fee to join the club.
To schedule an introductory flight or for more information, contact Giarraputo at (928) 474-9482 or (931) 220-7858.