Wanting a birds-eye view of North Little Rock? You might get your chance this Saturday.
EAA Chapter 165 will host ”Flying Start” with a breakfast buffet starting at 8 a.m. and the free event starting after at 10 a.m. at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport, 8224 Remount Road.
EAA stands for the Experimental Aircraft Association and the local chapter has a hangar at North Little Rock. Jerry Homsley is serving as the event’s coordinator and is also the chapter president.
”It is open to the public,” Homsley said. ”No pre-registration is required, however we would appreciate a RSVP.
That can be done by phone or by text to 501-517-6210.
The event is designed to ”debunk the myths and explain the fundamentals of what it takes to learn to fly” and the ”opportunity to experience aviation first-hand with a free introductory Eagle Flight.”
Flying Start is new to North Little Rock but Homsley said, ”it is similar to our Young Eagles program which provides a first flight experience for young folks age 11 through 17.”
Homsley noted that the chapter has also helped local Boy Scouts complete an ”Aviation Merit Badge Program. We awarded 28 new badges to successful scouts.”
Since it is new Homsley said he wasn’t sure how many would attend but that six other chapter members would be on hand to help.
”Our primary goal is to grow participation in aviation by creating new pilots and reactivate lapsed pilots by developing and supporting clear pathways that ignite and nurture interest in flying,” Homsley said. ”We will discuss pilot requirements and conduct orientation flights.”