Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Becoming a Young Eagle at Jefferson County Air Park

This post was long overdue.  The Young Eagles event happened  in September of last year but I  never got around to  write about it as  usual.  I am getting so bad at updating my blogs regularly with fresh event that  happen recently.  I got a wake up call to start  posting  the  photos I  captured when my PC crashed and all the photos I took was downloaded and stored in it.  So glad that the computer technician was able to  repair and restored all the photos, whew!  Now I am slowly working on  saving the photos and  writing   some of it.  
Anyway, Jefferson County Air Park  have hosted a Young Eagles  event  and we took our kids there.  Young kids who attended can enjoy a ride with a licensed pilot and  learn some basic skills on how to  fly a  small plane.  It was a great event, an open house  for the community.
It was a great opportunity and a unique experience for young minds.  There was   display  of  small planes which owned by local  pilots who regularly  fly in that air park. My husband  friend from his work told him about the event .  He owns a plane and  fly it regularly there during the weekend as his past time.
With our two children, our  daughter is the most adventurous.  She isn't scared to try anything.  With our son, he is more cautious when it comes this kind of  things especially when he has to go alone.  I think he would do it  if he would be with one of us but doing it alone is  a scary thing for him.  I mean, I would  have love to see him try it but I don't blame him for not trying.  Heights is not my cup of tea either  so I understand his reservations.  
Watching my daughter  go alone is a nerve-wracking  experience for me as a  mother.  I can't help but   pray for their safety while on air.  I prayed for the pilot that God may protect him so he would have a great flight with my daughter.  I think it is just a natural thing  for  parents.
Our daughter was calm and  collected as she  step on that  small plane.
This Young Eagles event gave young people to experience the true adventure  of flight.   She  told us that the pilot let her do it when they were up in the air which scared her but she said it was a lot of fun.
According to her, the pilot made her so relaxed by telling her stories about his grandchildren.

She said that the pilot asked her where she lives and  when she told him, they flew over   the place where our house was and  she said it was the coolest  thing,  to see  our house from up there was quite an experience.  She was all smiles when she  came back. 

She said that she would do it again if given a chance.  Hopefully they would  host this event again  in few years and  our son would be courageous enough to try.
She was so embarrassed when they came back because she was interviewed by Alex Taylor of News 9, who was there to cover the event.  She was so  concern of how her appearance was because her  hair was a mess.

We explored the  display of small aircrafts on the other side before we  left.
Our son is funny, he said he feels a lot safer  just standing beside a plane.
He was more interested in investigating the different parts of the  plane which is fine because it was also a learning experience for him.
Kudos to this  young  lady right here for being so brave and adventurous. She became a Young Eagle whose name has been permanently entered in the  world's largest logbook at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin.   
She was given a certificate for flying.  I put it in a frame and hang it on  her  bedroom wall, it fit perfectly with a theme she chose to decorate when we first moved in to this home. 

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