Norridgewock readies for 13th fly-in

Posted July 24, 2009, at 6:10 p.m.

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Hums and buzzing made by an assortment of aircraft will fill the air over the town when the Everything That Flies Fly-In is held Aug. 1-2 at the Central Maine Regional Airport in Norridgewock.

This will be the 13th annual fly-in and the event promises to be entertaining and educational, Ben Brown of BLB Flight LLC of Dixmont, one of this year’s organizers, said Friday.

Brown hopes the weather will be good for the event, which drew more than 100 aircraft and approximately 2,400 visitors three years ago. Last year, steady rain kept participation down, he said.

One of the highlights of the annual event is the “Young Eagles Flight Rally,” which is held to interest children in aviation, according to Brown. Children ages 8-17 are offered a free aircraft ride sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 736. After their flights, the children receive a picture of themselves and a certificate from the association designating them as Young Eagles. Their names are entered into the World’s Largest Logbook, which is on permanent display at the association’s Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The Logbook is also accessible on the Web at www.youngeagles.org.

Since the national program was launched in 1992, volunteer association pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the flight rally,” Mike Watson, spokesman for the event, said in a prepared press release. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety before every flight, according to Watson.

Those attending the flight rally on Saturday, Aug. 1, are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. to register for their flights.

Other activities include many types of aircraft on display, exhibits by local vendors, military recruiters, a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, refreshments, model airplane exhibitions and flying demonstrations, and a candy drop for children Saturday afternoon.

For information, visit www.eaa736.org.

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