FLINT TWP. — Youth Aviation Day at Bishop Airport will be held from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday (Sept. 22). It is designed to give kids from about ages 8-16 a close-up look at airplanes and to talk to pilots about flying them, said Kurt Schulze of the Civil Air Patrol, Bishop Airport Senior Squadron, which is cosponsoring the event. Since most airports won’t let you inside the fence for security reasons, this opportunity lets kids see inside an aircraft or sit behind the controls and listen to the tower on the radio, Schulze said. They expect to have at least 20 planes available.
Civil Air Patrol is also sponsoring the event as part of its Aerospace Education promotion to develop interest in aviation and the science of flight. Pilots will be available to show their aircraft and talk with kids interested in aviation and flight training. For liability reasons, rides will not be provided. But kids and parents will be encouraged to walk around the hangars and planes.