Young aviators take flight

Scouts go on flights with Steamboat Springs Airport pilots

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— A group of young aviators took to the skies over Routt County on Sunday with four local pilots.

There were six Boy Scouts from Troop 194 who participated in the International Young Eagles Day at the Steamboat Springs Bob Adams airport.

It was 12-year-old Christian Poirot's first time in control of a plane, under the supervision of local pilot Mike Forney.

"The first couple of turns are scary because you think you are going to roll the plane," Christian said.

Along with Forney, local Experimental Aircraft Association members Denny Benson, Jeff Lake and Rod Schrage took the Scouts high above Routt County on the educational mission to introduce young people to aviation.

"These pilots out there really do a nice job and were really helpful," said Christian's dad, Mike Poirot.

Before taking flight, the Boy Scouts were given a presentation on pre-flight procedures, navigation and in-flight communication. Young Eagles Day also provided the scouts an opportunity to earn their aviation merit badges.

Nearly 50 local boys and girls were treated to a similar experience during last year's Labor Day Air Fest at Steamboat Springs Airport. Flights will be offered again at this year's Air Fest over the Labor Day weekend.

Nationally, more than 1.1 million young people have taken a free airplane flight since the Young Eagles program was launched in 1992.

During each flight, the pilots demonstrated how airplanes fly and how to fly safely. The young aviators got to take the controls making banks, turns, climbs and descents. After the airplane ride, each Young Eagle received a certificate signed by the pilot commemorating the event.

"You get to see the whole city at once and it looked really neat from up that high," Christian said.

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