Join us as we fly to Scottsdale THIS SUNDAY for Breakfast at the Zulu Cafe.
RSVP by the end of TODAY, March 18th
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- Enjoy a scenic pleasure flight
- Catch up with your flying friends
- Make NEW flying friends
- Enjoy an incredible breakfast special courtesy of Zulu Cafe
Please RSVP to:
email@example.com or 928-445-8320
We look forward to flying with you!
North-Aire flight instructor Cheri Stahlecker checks the seatbelt on Cub Scout Jacob Blann, 7, before takeoff Saturday at the Prescott airport. The Cub Scouts were given an introduction to flight by Capt. Benjamin Reyes of SkyWest Airlines.
As seen in Prescott The Daily Courier
By KEN HEDLER
PRESCOTT – Ben Reyes said he first wanted to become a pilot at age 5 when he had a send-off for his mother traveling to Mexico City from Los Angeles International Airport.
“I saw a white PanAm 747 push back from the gate and I saw it take off and just watched that huge airplane get off the ground,” Reyes recalled, reminiscing about the rumbling of the engine.
“Since that day, all I ever talked about was air-planes,” said Reyes, who grew up in East Los Angeles and now lives in Prescott.
Reyes has been a pilot since 1991, earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science in 1997 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here and has been a commercial pilot for SkyWest Airlines for eight years based in Phoenix.
Thirty-five years after his experience at LAX, Reyes imparted his enthusiasm for airplanes Saturday by presiding over an introductory flight session for eight Cub Scouts from Prescott’s Pack 1, Den 7.
The Cub Scouts gathered with Reyes and flight instructors at the North-Aire Flight Training Center at the Prescott Airport.
Chief flight instructor Marilyn Schey assigned the Scouts into four groups to meet with the instructors before boarding the four-seater planes similar to the Cessna 172 inside the building.
Flight instructor Cheri Stahlecker held a headset, which the young pilots were to wear to protect their hearing and to listen to call signs. She said the planes would reach heights of 6,000 to 7,000 feet and would be in the air about 30 minutes.
Stahlecker went up in the air with Lucas Kroll, a second-grader at Skyview Elementary School in Prescott, and his father, Marc. They landed around 9:50 a.m. “I flew over my home,” Lucas exclaimed after disembarking. “I saw my trampoline.” Stahlecker said, “He helped me take off.”
Referring to the yoke (steering wheel), Lucas said, “I enjoyed moving the thing and turning upside down.” Stahlecker interjected with a laugh, “We did not go upside down.” Lucas responded, “We did do bumps,” adding he wants to become a pilot when he grows up. Lucas and the other Cub Scouts received aviation merit badges, a logbook and a set of pilot wings afterward.
Reyes, who is also a flight examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration, said he wants to make the event routine. “The Girl Scouts have expressed interest,” he said.
North-Aires' Fly Out Event!
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Join us as we fly from Prescott (KPRC) to Scottsdale (KSDL) betweewn 0800-1100L.
The Zulu Caffe' is hosting a $6.99 Breakfast Menu!
Great food! Great Flying Friends!
RSVP to North-Aire at 928-445-8320 or firstname.lastname@example.org before March 18th to attend!
See you there!
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Mike Coligny was recently appointed by the FAA as a Lead Representative for the Arizona FAASTeam. The FAASTeam’s mission is to improve the Nation’s aviation safety record by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education. North-Aire is pleased to have Mike as a member of its staff.