STEVENSVILLE — Local area kids ages 8 to 17 will have a chance to take to the skies as Chesapeake Sport Pilot hosts a Young Aviators Flight Rally at the Bay Bridge Airport on Saturday, June 22, as part of its summer open house.

“The Bay Bridge Airport is a beautiful gem of an airport that we love doing business at and flying out of,” said Chesapeake Sport Pilot owner and chief flight instructor Helen Woods. “We are extremely thankful for the support of the Queen Anne’s County community for operating and maintaining such a wonderful airport. This is our opportunity to say thank you.”

From 9 a.m. to noon, Chesapeake Sport Pilot and other area pilots will be offering free airplane flights to kids ages 8 to 17 on a first-come basis. A parent or legal guardian needs to be on site to sign the permission slip or needs to have called ahead to arrange to have a permission slip sent to them to sign and send with their child before the flight.

Due to possible weather delays, RSVP to Helen Woods is requested, helen@chesapeakesportpilot.comor 410-604-1717. Those who RSVP will be informed of any changes to the schedule required by weather.

Also at 9 a.m., Chesapeake Sport Pilot and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will offer a three-hour rusty pilot seminar.

“This seminar covers much of the ground material that lapsed pilots tend to get rusty on,” Woods said. “It also counts toward the ground instruction time that the FAA requires a lapsed pilot to received before they can take command of an aircraft again.”

At noon, Chesapeake Sport Pilot will fire up the grill for an old-fashioned airport picnic. Hot dogs and hamburgers are the mainstay of the traditional airport picnic menu. Instructors will be available to discuss flight lessons with lapsed pilots and the public. Lunch will be followed at 1 p.m. by a Wings seminar about aeronautical decision making.

Derek Roberts, Chesapeake Sport Pilots’ new director of maintenance, will be on hand all day to show visitors around Chesapeake Sport Pilots’ new maintenance shop. The new shop is dedicated to serving the needs of the flight school and providing high-quality aircraft maintenance to aircraft owners from throughout the region.

Additional information about Chesapeake Sport Pilot is available at www.chesapeakesportpilot.com.

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