Challenge Air puts out a call for pilots for Paine Field event

A call has been put out for pilots and aircraft for Challenge Air flights on July 27 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. About 20 aircraft are needed to fly disabled youngsters, according to organizers.

Flights are exactly like a Young Eagle flight —15-20 minutes around a set course, mostly level easy flight — but you don’t have to be an EAA member. Usually a family member and a young friend fly in the back seats and the disabled youngster flies co-pilot.

Safety is key for these events, where about 125 disabled kids are given flights.

All flying participants (but not pilots) are weighed at check-in. Then they go to ground school to learn about the flight, aircraft, safety precautions, etc. After the flight they walk or roll down the red carpet to cheers from the crowd and high school cheerleaders. They have lots of activities while waiting for flights or after, including crafts, free books, a cake walk, Ronald McDonald and other clowns, a DJ, games, and lots more. Kiwanis, Boeing volunteers, and many others help.

All pilots need at least 250 hours PIC. You’ll have to upload copies of your pilot’s license, insurance, and current medical when you register online.

For more information: ChallengeAir.com

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