Fairfield County rising seniors chosen for discovery flights

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Two rising senior students from Fairfield Central and Richard Winn Academy will be participating in S & S Aviation’s flight school Discovery Flights at the Fairfield County Airport on Monday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m.

The students are selected for the free adventure by their respective schools.

The purpose of the experience is to promote aviation and to influence young people to pursue careers in aviation, according to Denise Bryan, Director of Fairfield County Airport.

Katie Maldonado, a student at Fairfield Central High School, and Travis Bonds a student at Richard Winn Academy, will fly in two separate planes.

“As soon as the plane is in the air, the students will actually take over the controls under the supervision of the two flight instructors flying with them,” said S & S Aviation’s Chief Flight Manager C.J. Baker. “They’ll be flying in Sessna 172’s,” Baker said. “These are high wing, 4-seat, single engine planes, the most prolific airplane in the world – excellent for flight instruction.”

The 45-minute flight will take the students over Lake Murray with a turn over the dam and on to Williams-Brice Stadium. They will then turn left and head back to Fairfield County.

“The flight instructors are sitting right next to them and can take over the controls at any time,” Baker said. “This is a very safe experience and we hope it will spark a greater interest in flying for these students, whether it’s recreational flying or as a career.”

Friends and family members are invited to the airport to watch the students take off and land.

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