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Young Aviators Fly-In Delivers Fun, Fellowship, Flying

Mentors give first flights to 83 youngsters. The food, fun, flying, and fellowship were amped up for an estimated 500 young and “young at heart” aviators who attended the Young Aviators Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome June 21 to 23. The event was created by young pilots as part of aviation’s youth movement. The second annual fly-in was co-founded by Cayla McLeod, a self-described “taildragger girl” and private pilot from Georgia, and commercial pilot Ryan Hunt. The excitement shared by aviation-minded youth and their mentors during the inaugural event impressed Triple Tree patriarch Pat Hartness so much that he opened the Woodruff, South Carolina, airfield for them to return for what McLeod and Hunt predicted would become a “young person’s Oshkosh.” READ MORE (AOPA)