Chesapeake Sport Pilot welcomes youth to airport
STEVENSVILLE — Chesapeake Sport Pilot hosted free youth flights on Saturday, April 29, to area youth with an interest in aviation. Located at the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, young, hopeful pilots were introduced to the joys of flying over the Chesapeake Bay in light, sport craft planes.
Jacob Bowman, a seventh-grader at Stevensville Middle School, and sister, Sydney, a ninth-grader at Kent Island High School, both flew with pilots from Chesapeake Sport Pilot on Saturday morning. The craft they flew in, a small Cessna, weighed less than their mother’s SUV, said the Bowmans. “It was at first, a little terrifying, being so high up,” said Jacob, but both siblings agreed they would absolutely do it again and would even be interested in pursuing lessons.
Cameron White, age 11, a student at James Maddison School, traveled across the bridge Saturday morning with his grandparents to take in the experience. White said going up in the aircraft was slower than he expected, much slower than being on a roller coaster, and once up in the air, it barely felt like they were moving, he said. White has some interest in in aircraft because he wants to be an engineer.
Thirteen-year-old JP Kougoures, and his siblings, Nicky, age 9, and Steve, age 15, also flew on Saturday, with pilots from Chesapeake Sport. They were hoping they would be able to fly over their house at Kirwan’s Landing in Chester.
Ground instructor Dave Manion explained about the various aircraft that was flying out of the airport on Saturday. One of the planes used on Saturday was a Cessna Skycatcher, a light sport aircraft; another, the Carbon Cub SS is CubCrafters’ lightest model, inspired by the classic Piper Cub and has pontoons making it capable of a water landing, explained Manion. Also flying out of the airport on Saturday was a Sea-Ray, a light sport craft that is actually capable of traveling up to 55 mph on the water, said Manion.
CSP’s Young Aviators program is designed to introduce the next generation of aviators to the joy of flying. As part of this program organized by Chesapeake Sport Pilot volunteers, volunteer pilots, many of whom learned to fly at Chesapeake Sport Pilot, offer children an opportunity to fly with them on a short, 20-minute flight around Kent Island. The program is open to all children ages 8-17 who are residents of Queen Anne’s County.
To sign up, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number, the name, weight and birth date of your child as well as day/times of the week he/she is available and any special needs he/she has. CSP will add your child to their list to be matched with one of their volunteer pilots.
For more information, visit chesapeakesportpilot.com.
JP Kougoures, center, does a pre-flight check with pilot Jay Gloede, right.
Jacob Bowman says hang loose, before taking off on his first flight over the Chesapeake Bay in a light sport craft plane.
A SeaRay, light sport training aircraft, leaves the runway.
Nicky Kougoures, age 9, from Chester, gets strapped in by his volunteer pilot.