DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) — A local organization is working to combat a national pilot shortage with free plane rides for children.
The Danville Airport Commission plans to hold its first ever open house to expose the community to local aviation programs!
Children between the ages of 8 and 17 can go on a free airplane ride, take a tour and experience educational activities at the open house.
Organizers plan to have about 15 aircrafts flying at one time at the Danville Regional Airport.
The goal is to expose children to the opportunities in their backyard that could lead to a career in aviation.
“Access to Averett University and general aviation’s programs and the civil air portal as well, so they’re going to get a great opportunity and exposure to air crafts and hear about what opportunities there are,” said Marc Adelman, the Director of Transportation in Danville.
Grants will cover the cost of the $15,000 event.
The open house is planned for June 22.