Up, up and away

Excitement was in the air, literally, on Saturday morning as children of all ages learned to fly.

Cub and Boy Scouts from several areas in Onondaga County descended on the Skaneateles Aero Dome early the morning of May 30 and for many of them it was their first time flying. For others, it was the first time they went up in small aircraft and were able to take the controls.

"A lot of the kids get to fly the airplane," said pilot Jack Haggerty.

During Aviation Day, Haggerty and a handful of other pilots took between one and three kids up in the air for about 15 minutes each. The idea behind the event is to give them a nice experience in the air and teach the kids why and how a plane flies.

The pilots each volunteer their time and it is a way to "show our love of flying," Haggerty said.

Marcellus Boy Scout Troop 66 Assistant Scout Master Ron Long said the 17 scouts with their group were going to receive their aviation merit badge on Saturday, which included a ground school in aviation.

"It's great for the kids," Long said.

Twelve-year-old Sean Winoski agreed that it was a great time.

"It's fun ... the experience of just going up and seeing all of the sights and the controls and how it works," Winoski said.

Traveling from just a bit further away were Camillus Boy Scout Troop 407, Pack 293 and one boy from Troop 293. Assistant Scout Master Chris Fletcher said the last time their boys were able to take part in Aviation Day was about four years ago when it was held in Marcellus.

"It's incredible," he said. "I'm willing to bet when they get off that plane they will be saying, 'I'm going to get my pilot's license.'"

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