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West Virginia pilots give kids a first flight


PLEASANT VALLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A love of aviation usually starts at a young age. 

“I wish there was something like this when I was younger,” said Tim Ridley, who’s been a pilot for 24 years. “I can’t imagine having the opportunity that (these kids) have.” 

Last Saturday, the Fairmont Municipal Airport buzzed with the sounds of planes taking flight, its parking lots packed with kids and parents lining up to take a ride through the sky. 

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and its Young Eagles program teamed up with Fairmont State’s professional aviation fraternity Alpha Eta Rho to give kids a chance to go on a flight for free. For many of the kids, this was their first time flying. 

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