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Big Success for Celebrate Portage Wings and Wheels
By: Portage County Regional Airport
96 kids ages 8-17 were able to go for their first airplane ride at no cost, through Young Eagles, a program launched in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association to give children an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation aircraft while educating them about aviation. Will Hubin, a local pilot at Portage County, flew what seemed to be an endless stream of Young Eagles in his Diamond DA 40. Mr. Hubin, along with eight other local pilots flew 8 airplanes and one helicopter generously donated their time and costs of the flights to the Young Eagles program to make the day a great success. "It's been fun seeing these kids' smile and having fun," said Chris Mars, one of the airport board of trustees and event committee organizer.
The celebration included Greg Winland, vice president of the Northeast Ohio Two Cylinder, and his two sons, Hank and Miles who educated the history of the workhorses to the attendees. Twist of Leona food truck and the Crestwood Lions Club provided food for the visitors as they explored the alluring displays and fun event. Spectators from the ground cheered as two WWII era biplane flew above them. "I fly her whenever and as much as I can," said owner John Kuebel. "Especially on days like this when the weather is perfect for flying." The day ended with continued smiles from the attendees. The anticipation for next year's Celebrate Portage Wings and Wheels could be heard in the crowd.
Portage County Regional Airport
Chris Mars, Board Member
Page Updated Last on: Oct 03, 2016