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Community - December 21, 2011

Kids can ride, fly planes for free

Kids between the ages of 8 and 17 can get free rides in small private planes the third Saturday of the month at the San Carlos Airport.

The flights are provided by the Young Eagles program, organized by pilots who want to give kids the opportunity to fly in two- or four-seat planes, such as Cessnas and Pipers.

Kids in the front right seat get to take the controls under the pilots supervision, says local Young Eagles spokesperson Michael Mainiero.

To take a flight, kids should come to the San Carlos Airport terminal building at 620 Airport Drive in San Carlos, adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month, when flights will be offered, weather permitting. Arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The kids need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature.

Flights are between 20 and 30 minutes around the Bay Area. Kids see the Bay, Crystal Springs Reservoir, and maybe even their homes, Mr. Mainiero said.

Visit tinyurl.com/Eagles-173 for more information.

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