An aviation group will give children a chance at a free airplane ride.

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host an auction at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport at 1000 Woodhurst St. on Saturday that will be preceded by roughly two hours of free rides in small aircraft for children 8 to 17 years old, according to local spokesman Justin Tidwell.

“Any kid aged 8 to 17 can come out, get registered and we’ll give them a flight in an airplane around town,” he said.

From 9 a.m. to roughly 11 a.m., children will have the chance to take a short flight on a small aircraft, Tidwell said.

EAA chapters across the country host events that allow children to fly as an extension of EAA founder Paul Poberezny’s desire to share the love of flying, Tidwell said.

“He was really into aviation and really enjoyed it and saw it as a good opportunity to give back to the community,” he said. “EAA is big in community involvement and getting kids up into the air, like if they’ve never been in a plane before.”

Though the event is at the airport, the airport is not involved with planning or organizing the event, he said.

EAA’s website describes itself as “a community of passionate aviation enthusiasts that promotes and supports recreational flying.”

Tidwell will be one of the EAA volunteers giving children rides in airplanes.

While Tidwell will be flying a Decathlon, the others will be flying other small planes like Pipers and Cessnas, he said.

For the most part, pilots will be taking three children into the air at a time, Tidwell said.

Rides are first come, first served, he said.

While a poster advertising the event said the auction begins at noon, Tidwell said he expects the auction to start about 11:30 a.m., but could be pushed back, depending on how long it takes to give every child a ride.

The poster also announced $6 lunch combos are available at the auction and a wealth of “aviation and every day handy items” that will also be available at the auction.

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