The Emporia Flying Club would like to invite anyone that loves airplanes or has a dream of learning how to fly to the Emporia Municipal Airport on Wednesday for an informational meeting.
The Emporia Flying Club is now offering new membership that includes access to a Cessna 172 and now a possible Light Sport J-3 Cub.
The officers of the Emporia Flying Club have met to discuss the possibility of adding a new aircraft to the Flying Club's fleet. The aircraft in consideration is an experimental Piper J-3 Cub (Wag-Aero: Sport Trainer) that can be flown by a sport pilot. At this point, this is just a possibility and any final decision will be made by a vote of all club members.
This is a unique opportunity for the club as the aircraft that is being considered is being offered to the club as a donation. The club's biggest hurdle to accepting the offer is having the membership numbers to support an additional aircraft.
Wednesday's meeting will be to answer any questions about the new airplane and answer questions to any prospective student pilots who may wish to join the club.
The plane the club hopes to add — a yellow J3 cub — was built by Ralph Bond and first flew 2007. Many, many people in the area will remember seeing it fly over the Flint Hills. Bond flew a lot.
"Ralph's passion was giving kids rides and he gave more than 100 area kids a ride, which — when you think about the Cub only having room for one passenger — was no small feat," states a release from the Emporia Flying Club. "He flew church groups, birthday parties, scouts, family and friends .It did not matter whether he knew someone or not, if they called Ralph and asked him to take kids for a ride, he did it. He never would even let them pay for gas.
"The Bond family wants very much to see the plane stay and fly here in Emporia."
The Emporia Flying Club is excited about the added plane, but will need to grow to make it work.
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