Ch­e­sa­peake Sport Pi­lot wel­comes youth to air­port

Record Observer - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

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 info@chesa­peake­sport­pi­ 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 chesa­peake­sport­pi­

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.

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