College Place airfield to host 'Learn to Fly' day

Introductory flight lessons, seminars and a 'hangar sale' are in the works for Saturday in College Place.

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Flight lessons, a display of vintage aircraft and other events will be on tap Saturday at Martin Airfield.

The airfield will host a "Learn to Fly" day with introductory flight lessons for $49, as well as two "Learn to Fly" seminars during the day on how to become a pilot. Topics will include who can fly, age requirements, types of licenses and how long it takes to learn.

Introductory flight lessons will begin at 9 a.m., said Doug Cheney of Tailwinds Flight School. Reservations are not required, but people who want to reserve a lesson can do so by calling 525-9392.

Vintage aircraft will be on display throughout the day at the airfield, which is located on West Whitman Drive one mile west of College Place. An all-day "hangar sale" will also be held with items ranging from aviation equipment to flying magazines available for purchase.

People who are thinking about buying an airplane can attend a seminar at 1 p.m. on "How to Buy or Sell an Aircraft" conducted by Tom Murphy, director of restorations for the Western Antique Aircraft and Automobile Association of Hood River, Ore. For those wishing to purchase an airplane, both new and used airplanes being offered for sale will be at the event, Cheney said.

"We have 19 aircraft from all over the region that are coming in for the sale," he said.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

Schedule of events

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Vintage aircraft display, hangar sale and introductory flight lessons.
  • 10 a.m. -- "Learn to Fly" seminar.
  • 11 a.m. -- Federal Aviation Administration pilot safety seminar, "Plane Sense."
  • Noon -- Wright Brothers "Master Pilot Award" presentation.
  • 1 p.m. -- "How to Buy or Sell an Aircraft" by Tom Hughes.
  • 2 p.m. -- "Learn to Fly" seminar.

Martin Airfield: www.martinairfield.com

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