Aviation Exploring Post 107 recently sponsored the second annual Mid-Jersey Spot Landing contest. Open to all pilots of Central New Jersey airports, Solberg Aviation Co. hosted the event this year.
Contestants ranged in age from 19-year-old newly minted pilots to pilots with years of experience. The winner, Kim Geczi, works as an instructor training dogs and the people who use them at The Seeing Eye in Morristown. A graduate of Post University with a Masters in Psychology, she learned to fly for fun, but now thinks learning how to teach flying might be an interesting pursuit.
Contest rules were based on nationwide competitions in the National InterCollegiate Flying Association (NIFA).
Pilots fly standard pattern aiming at a line within a 300-foot box on the runway. Final approach and last minute manipulations are restricted, making accuracy landings a greater challenge.
Both single and light twin-engine aircraft participated. All contestants, their families and supporters enjoyed a cookout sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition.
Aviation Exploring is a co-ed organization, drawing from Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris Counties, devoted to helping teens pursue their aviation vocation and avocation dreams. This post began in 1996 and has alumni working and enjoying all facets of aviation: Pilots, engineers, maintenance, education and management. Aviation Explorers visit manufacturers, research and maintenance facilities, museums, air shows and Air Venture. Students ages 14-20 are eligible for membership; younger teens can attend meetings and outings with a parent.
Contact the post’s sponsor organization, Somerset Air Service, for more information at 908-722-2444 or SomersetAirport.com