Columbus-Lowndes County Airport Hosts Youth Outreach Event

By Dan Duston, Airport Manager
Columbus-Lowndes County Airport/Straight Up Aviation

Blue skies made for a good day of flying.

About 90 youths took part in the day-long Eyes Above the Horizon event. Legacy Flight Academy’s character-based aviation programs draw on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen to introduce underrepresented youth to opportunities in aerospace and STEM, particularly in the military.

Columbus-Lowndes County Airport was the site of an Eyes Above the Horizon youth outreach program Saturday, June 10. Around 90 youths, ages 10 to 19, were taught about the importance of character, doing their best in school and the various opportunities available to them in the world of aviation. Breakfast and lunch were provided, and each got to experience a 20- to 25-minute plane ride. The program was presented by Legacy Flight Academy, an organization inspired by the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. It was free for participants.

A number of pilots volunteered their time to ensure each participant got to fly.

Seeing the children smiling once back on the ground was priceless! We will plan on having this event again in 2024.

We appreciate the many volunteers and pilots who took the time to assist with making the event possible!