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June 22, 2014

Young Eagles takes kids up and away

FAIRMONT — By Richard Babich

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A local group aims to make children into aircraft enthusiasts.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is a group of people who are passionate about aircraft. One of the programs of the EAA, known as Young Eagles, is geared toward attracting younger people to the aircraft world. The group has a Fairmont chapter.

Richard Judy, a commercial pilot who said he is from a “flying family,” is the coordinator for the Fairmont chapter of Young Eagles.

“The Young Eagles program started in 1993 by the EAA,” Judy said. “Their goal was and still is to introduce kids to flying and to flying disciplines, and those careers that work with and work for aviation.”

Kids are not usually introduced to aviation-type jobs, Judy said. Young Eagles exposes kids to the aviation field.

“It’s designed for a child’s first airplane ride,” Judy said. “Hopefully that’s exciting them and fostering dreams of a career in aviation.”

Find the full story in Monday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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