By Randy Rauck
Ben Langton. Photo courtesy Stan Nelson
Ben Langton's smile says it all as he zooms around the valley at 170 miles per hour in an RV6 with Vernon Flying Club member Stan Nelson last Saturday morning.
The Vernon Flying Club decided to get into the spirit of promoting and sharing their love of flight with the local junior aviators and to help commemorate 100 years of flight in Canada.
Seventy-nine junior aviators registered for their free boarding passes on Saturday, April 18, and were taken for a thrilling flight around the valley in all different types of general aviation aircraft - thanks to the volunteer efforts of many of the Vernon Flying club members who supplied their time, planes and fuel.
The youngsters were also given an official COPA For Kids Certificate of experience and a hot dog and pop after the flight.
Their names will also be registered in a COPA log book for the COPA For Kids Program.
Hopefully a seed will have been planted in some of them that will manifest in a desire for flying in the future.
There are more than 100 members in the Vernon Flying Club and meetings are held at the clubhouse on Tronson road at the Vernon airport, the third Tuesday of every month, at 7:00 pm, except July and August. New members interested in aviation are always welcome. More info at www.VernonFlyingClub.org.