86°F
weather icon Clear

When Young Eagles Fly

The Pahrump Valley Airport was humming with activity Saturday as some local young people with an affinity for aviation were allowed to partake in test flights and other activities.

The annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aviation Association. The EAA nationally began a campaign to encourage aviation enthusiasm among young folks more than 20 years ago.

The name of the annual event is “Young Eagles Flight.” Pilots nationally have given over 1,800,000 children and young adults airplane rides, helping to expand their perception of modern flight.

Curious children and teens were beaming with excitement for the opportunity fly in small, single-engine planes as well as a trike ultra light aircraft.

When the pilots were not in the air, they were on the ground educating the children and teens on the finer points of aviation.

Roger Hansen, an EAA pilot, even discussed how many pilots are afraid of heights.

“I’ve been a pilot for over 45 years. I have a strong fear of height. In fact, there is research that 80 percent of all pilots have a fear of height.”

Dean Herrington, president of EAA’s Southern Nevada Chapter 1300, explained that, “the objective of the events was to help inspire young children and teens to become pilots with promising careers with companies like FedEx, UPS and commercial airline companies.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Ex-Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has breakthrough case of COVID-19

The current president at the University of Nevada, Reno, tweeted Wednesday that he is experiencing only mild symptoms after being vaccinated in the spring.

Pahrump Rotary Club Cash Extravaganza sold out

The Rotary Club of Pahrump Valley is just half a week away from its annual Cash Extravaganza, the club’s largest fundraiser of the year and one that draws plenty of attention and anticipation, and the event is now officially sold out, much to the delight of event organizers. After last year’s need to switch the event to a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic, club members are all the more thrilled that they will be able to gather with the community for the 2021 event and excitement is running high as the annual bash approaches.

Pahrump jail booking, padded cell contract awarded

The Nye County Detention Center is all set for some upgrades following a unanimous decision by the Nye County Commission to award a construction contract to local company Top Rank Builders.

Nye County Commissioners receive second round of block grant project idea presentations

At their latest meeting, Nye County commissioners received a second presentation from applicants hoping to get in on the Community Development Block Grant funding made available for fiscal year 2022 and three separate ideas were put on the table by two different entities, including a couple of projects for town of Amargosa beautification and a third from the nonprofit Faith For Action aimed at tackling the local homelessness issue.

Pahrump Nugget hosts a Small Business Expo

There was no shortage of vendors that took part in the small business owner expo at the Pahrump Nugget this past weekend.

BLM moves forward on Green Link West project

Under an agreement between conservationists and a federal agency, a finding must be issued by the end of the month.

Pahrump fire crews return home

The assemblage of Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services personnel recently returned home after assisting crews fighting the Caldor wildfire in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Lawsuit aims to end prostitution in Nevada

Two women who claim they were forced into sex trafficking have filed a lawsuit against Nevada officials and others over the state’s lax prostitution laws.

Health board votes to require vaccinations for all prison employees

The Nevada Board of Health voted Friday to require vaccinations for all Department of Corrections employees and workers at state institutions with “vulnerable populations.”