The Brookings Flying Club will again present its annual Airport Day Sunday in conjunction with the Azalea Fest weekend.
The popular event features local pilots who take passengers soaring over the city, the Chetco River and the Pacific Ocean, many to see if they can locate their homes in Brookings and Harbor or take photographs of the scenic ocean bluffs or winding Chetco River.
Airplane rides are $25 per person; helicopter rides through Cal-Ore Life Flight are $50 per person. The pilots, all members of the club, volunteer their time, pay for the fuel and provide insurance.
All proceeds go to the Brookings Flying Club Scholarship Fund, which helps interested youth pursue careers in aviation through scholarships.
The event takes off at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. and takes passengers on a first-come basis at the Brookings Airport at the top of Parkview Drive.
The Brookings Flying Club offers ground and in-air courses for people interested in becoming a pilot. Information can be found on the club’s website, at www.brookingsflyingclub.org.
Additionally, the club holds an 8th-grade field trip each spring to introduce local students to the aviation field. At the airport, students get a hands-on tour, including visiting stations that explain the parts of an airplane, airplane preflight procedures, airport operations, navigation, flight planning and employment opportunities.
The club owns a 1978 Cessna 172N Skyhawk for student instruction and rentals to members.
For more information, visit brookingsflyingclub.org.