For 79 kids, their dreams of flying came true Saturday when Williams Lake Flying Club pilots took them up in their own personal aircraft for flights above the city.
The event, sponsored by the Canadian Owners Pilots Association, aims to introduce young people ages eight to 18 to aviation, along with a chance to fly in small aircraft.
Larry Chambers, owner of Lawrence Aviation in Springhouse, was one of the pilots offering up his Cessna 172 for flights.
This year’s event, for the first time, was held at the Williams Lake Regional Airport. In past years the event was at Springhouse.
“It’s just great to see the kids have a good time and have some of them personally fly with me,” he said.
“It’s just awesome.”
Ten of the WLFC’s pilots were on hand volunteering for the event.
Tyler Wiseman, 12, and friend Ethan Fadero, 9, were two youth who flew with Chambers on the day.
Ethan said it was “cool, and the cars looked like little toys.”
Wiseman added something to do with planes in the future would be “his dream job.”