Daytona Beach News-Journal
Aviation Firm Plans Charity Golf Tourney
October 15, 2012
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  • PORT ORANGE — Daytona Aircraft Services Inc., at Daytona Beach International Airport, will host a charity golf tournament to benefit Teens-In-Flight on Oct. 28, 8 a.m. at Spruce Creek Country Club, 1900 Country Club Drive in the Port Orange area.

    Teens in Flight is a nonprofit group based in Palm Coast.

    The entry fee for the tournament is $200 for four-person teams and includes lunch.

    Jake Clemens, director of maintenance at Daytona Aircraft Services, said his company decided to hold the event at Spruce Creek Country Club because, in addition to having a golf course, it is also part of the Spruce Creek Fly-In community, which has its own aircraft runway.

    “Everybody who lives out there is in aviation in one form or another,” Clemens said.

    Clemens said his company hopes to raise several thousand dollars to support Teens-in-Flight, a program that teaches young people how to fly airplanes.

    Jack Howell, Teens-in-Flight’s president and CEO, said his group has four chapters nationwide. He founded the program in 2008 in Palm Coast.

    Teens-in-Flight helps teenagers who either lost their parents or whose parents were disabled in the War on Terrorism get a private pilot license, Howell said.

    The nonprofit program also, on a case-by-case basis, help those teenagers who are in low-income families and considered at risk, he added.

    “Aviation teaches these kids the importance of attention to detail,” Howell said.