|Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on July 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM|
By Nancy Blazyk
The July 14th Young Eagle Rally started slowly as I awoke to thunder. I had mixed emotions about the rain as anything living in my yard is desperate for rain during the drought of 2012. Grabbing my phone to check the radar I proceeded to Lake in the Hills airport to confer with other 790 members on the situation. Should we continue to plan on having the Young Eagle Rally scheduled for the morning?
Shane Stolarik had a very successful Pancake Breakfast event which attracted many new faces to the airport. They were made aware of the Young Eagles program. Rob Nelson and I created banners and several yard signs to advertise the Young Eagle rally.
I was not so sure it was wise to shelve the July 14th rally if there was ANY chance we could fly. Several pilots said they would “hang out” to see if the weather would break enough to accomplish the task at hand. Soon we had families registering if the weather did cooperate. The room was buzzing with people and eventually Ted Lipinski decided to take the first flight with three kids tucked safely in his Dakota. All of the other pilots dispersed to retrieve their airplanes for the crowd.
This lasted until about 1:30, or so, when another rain cloud descended on the airport and stopped the activity for the day. When all was done, we were able to complete 54 Young Eagle flights for kids. We had to turn away about 26 more, but offered them priority at one of the remaining events of the season.
I need to thank all of the pilots and ground crew, because this would be impossible to successfully pull-off without a team effort.
Tim Alfeld (his first event, too!)
Our Ground Crew
Mary Ann Basak
Sean and the Cappies
and Shane Stolarik