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Take these wings and fly

Local pilots are committed to giving wings to Nevada County children.

Twelve pilots flew 57 children in 12 aircraft over the weekend, sharing in the International Young Eagles Day sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, local chapter President David Bernasconi said.

The yearly event gives children the experience of flight – and, organizers hope, spark an interest in learning how to fly.

Worldwide, the program has given free plane rides to 1.4 million young people since 1992 with licensed, experienced volunteer pilots whose lives have been enriched by aviation.

More than 40,000 pilots and 50,000 volunteers on the ground in more than 90 countries make it the biggest single flying day for small craft aviation, according to the EAA Web site.

For more information on International Young Eagles, visit eaa.org. To contact members of the local organization, call Young Eagles coordinator Bob Hobert at 432-3532. The local chapter Web site is eaa1175.org.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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