Aviation program to be expanded

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A program that has introduced flight to youngsters for years will soon be extended to adults.

Duane Huff, a volunteer with the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is based at Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field, will make a formal announcement during a breakfast Saturday.

For years, the retired music teacher has been coordinator for the Young Eagle program, which has allowed children to take free flights on small aircraft.

According to a press release, the experience was personal for Huff, who took his first flight at age 8 on a Ford Tri-Motor. His love of aviation grew from building rubber-band powered models to obtaining his private license after college. In 1966, he purchased a 1947 Aeronca Chief NC3420E which he still flies today,

Huff had conducted group visits to the Gwinnett County Airport for 12 years, introducing flight to nearly 7,000 students and more than 2,000 adults.

Details about the expanded program will be discussed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the EAA Sport Aviation Center at 690 Airport Road at Briscoe Field. The program is open to the public. A $6 all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

For more information contact Joel Levine, 404-314-7573 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.


teelee 2 years, 5 months ago

General aviation is so expensive now hardly anybody can afford to take flying lessons. I learned to fly at Briscoe Field back in the late 80's and it costed me around $4,500. 00 then. With aviation fuel around $6.00 a gallon I don't know how the flight schools stay in business now. Good luck with the new program!


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