Small planes, high rides spark interest in flight for Indigenous youth
Annual 'Indigenous youth take flight' event gives kids opportunity to take ride in tiny aircraft
First Nations youth got a chance to fly high in small planes Saturday just outside Winnipeg as part of the 10th annual RBC "Indigenous youth take flight" event.
Pilots with Manitoba Chapter 63 of the Experimental Aircraft Association volunteered to take a group of Indigenous youth for rides from Lyncrest Airport near the southeast corner of Winnipeg. The event was part of the international Young Eagles program.
RBC Aboriginal markets employee Daniel Muller said the event was designed to spark interest in flight and give Indigenous kids a chance to experience something they normally don't have access to.
"It was great to see all the kids get super excited, just to see them have a little bit of fear of getting [in] these little planes, flying and coming down, having a great time and seeing them smiling," he said.
The Young Eagles program has taken youth from 90 countries on nearly two million short flights since it begun in 1992, the organization said.