CONCORD, CA (Sept. 4, 2022) — Last week, the Young Falcons Fly 4 Free program launched another group of local kids into the skies over Concord.
The monthly event at Buchanan Field gives children a chance to small planes. Volunteer organizers, along with sponsor Rashid Yahya, owner of Pacific States Aviation, hope to instill a love of flying in young minds.
Pilots, such as Wesley Benvenue, volunteer their time to give the Young Falcons what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what flying a small plane is like. The program grew out of a vision to create a community of future aviators with a focus on education, training and safety. Kids from ages 8 to 17 can participate, and the event is free.
After debuting in April, the latest flights took place Aug. 27. Concord Mayor Tim McGallian, along with councilmembers Carlyn Obringer and Dominic Aliano, attended the August event. Around 50 children flew that day. The councilmembers also took the opportunity to tour the training center and flight simulator at the airport.
The Young Falcons program has completely booked up available sessions, so new registrations have closed for now. But the mission to take young people into the sky continues and registrations will open up again at a later date.
To learn more about the Young Falcons program in Concord, click here.