Aircraft association pushes for training opportunities for youth pilots

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Dothan, Ala. (WDHN)—The Wiregrass Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association or EAA is wanting to build a new building that will have an aircraft simulator, build area, and training area for the Young Eagles.

“The Young Eagles program is something that can get any youngster involved in flying at some level at no cost,” volunteer Bill Castlen said. “So it’s something that we enjoy and like to see the kids enjoy too.”

The chapter needs at least $80,000 for the project, and tokens of appreciation will be given to donors.

“We already have been talking to an architectural firm, and they’re the ones that came up with the floor plan and outside of the building, and that sort of thing,” said Ray Carney, Wiregrass EAA President.

The chapter hopes to have the project and its facilities done and ready for use by next summer.

“I’ve been associated with flying since an early age, and obviously, I have really enjoyed it,” Castlen said. “I’d like to pass that on.”

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