LAMPASAS — Children ages 8 to 17 can soar through the clouds on free airplane flights conducted by professional FAA-certified pilots Saturday at the Young Eagles Rally at Lampasas Airport.

Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m., and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Other than that, the sky’s the limit.

“We seem to be getting a lot of interest in the event,” said co-organizer George Elsea. “If the weather’s not good, we have scheduled an alternate date for Nov. 2. We want to make sure we give the kids the most enjoyable flight possible.”

The event is sponsored nationally by the Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oshkosh, Wis. The program began more than 20 years ago to foster the love of flying in children, in hopes they will pursue an aviation career.

Local EAA Chapter 542 is based in Killeen and holds the rallies for Central Texas youth twice a year at airports in Brownwood, Gatesville, Killeen, Lampasas and Temple.

“Kids are encouraged to work hard in school, but they don’t always have the benefit of seeing a practical application of what they’re learning,” EAA treasurer Dave Wesley said. “As Young Eagles, they get to see an association with aviation and how the two relate to each other.”

Dick Kost, event co-organizer, said participants will receive certificates and have their names added to the list of registered Young Eagles.

The Lampasas Airport is on U.S. Highway 281. Flights will begin shortly after registration at 10 a.m. Call Dick Kost at 254-291-5980 or Dave Wesley at 254-690-0505.

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