Landing for Lunches takes off in May at Wausau Downtown Airport

Pilots will have an opportunity to compete in a landing contest during the month of May at the Wausau Downtown Airport (AUW) in Wisconsin. Proceeds from “Landings For Lunches” will benefit The Neighbors’ Place, a charity that provides emergency assistance, food, youth services and more to the Wausau community.

Pilots will donate one dollar and a non-perishable food item (or an additional dollar) each time they compete. Donations will be split between prize money and contributions to The Neighbors’ Place. Aviators will be able to compete as many times as they wish each day during the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while judges are present.

The goal is landing accuracy, according to airport officials. Pilots will attempt to land with their main wheels on or as close as possible to a line marked on the runway.

The initial entry fee of $4 covers two attempts. During the time the contest is underway, a scoreboard will be displayed in the office of Wausau Flying Service, as well as the accumulated food donations for The Neighbor’s Place.

Pilots from other communities are welcome to participate. At the end of the month, the person with the best score of accurate landings will win the cash entry fees for the month and will have his or her name engraved on a trophy to be displayed at the Wausau Downtown Airport.

The Neighbors’ Place will receive the accumulated food and any additional cash donations from the month-long event.

The goal of the contest is to improve flying skills and safety while making a charitable contribution to benefit the community, as well as help the public become more informed about general aviation, organizers note.

Interested aviators are invited to attend an informational session and safety seminar on April 6 at 9 a.m. at the airport, for tips on landing accuracy from local certified flight instructors. The seminar qualifies for training credit from the FAA under the WINGS program.Wausau Flying Service, Inc.

For more information: 715-845-3400,

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