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Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast is This Sunday, May 29

by Diane Eaton - May 26, 2022

WELLSBORO — The All-You-Can-Eat Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Weekend Breakfast will be indoors at the corporate hangar from 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday, May 29 at the Grand Canyon Regional Airport in Delmar Township at 112 Runway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

On the menu are ham, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Requested is a donation of $10 each for adults and $5 each for children ages 3 to 8 years old. Youngsters 2 and under are admitted free.
All proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support youth interested in aviation. “One way we have been doing that is by providing scholarships for students, ages 16 and older who are taking flying lessons with a flight instructor,” said Tom Freeman. He served as secretary of the Canyon Pilots Association for 15 years, from January of 2007 to April of this year.

“In the last couple of years, we have been awarding scholarships to quite a few young folks interested in getting their pilot’s license,” Freeman said. “Sebastian Smith is one of them.

“I am excited that Sebastian was elected secretary at our April 7 meeting,” said Freeman. “He is a motivated young man. It is important for the continuation of our organization that younger members step into leadership roles.

“I told Mike Bowser, who had been Sebastian’s flight instructor at the Wellsboro airport, that I wanted to find someone for the secretary position,” Freeman said. “Mike asked Sebastian if he would be interested and Sebastian contacted me.”

“As secretary, I am responsible for the fly-in breakfasts on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends,” said Smith. He has found 25 volunteers to work at the different stations for this Sunday’s breakfast, from cooks to those who clean up the tables and sell tickets.

Smith is also responsible for recording monthly meeting minutes and working with the president to develop meeting agendas as well as planning other events at the airport for the Canyon Pilots Association, such as flour bombings and a poker run.

“I have been involved in aviation since I was between eight and 10 years old,” Smith said. “My dad grew up in Lewistown. The airport that he, my grandmother and grandfather flew out of was in Reedsville, about five miles south of State College. My grandmother was a flight instructor, my grandfather operated an agricultural aircraft called a crop duster and my dad got his private pilot’s license at Reedsville.”

“I got my private pilot’s license at the Wellsboro airport at the beginning of last year and right now can fly any airplane they rent out of Wellsboro plus a whole list of other planes, too,” said Smith. “I want to own a plane someday.”

Smith is still actively training and going for additional ratings at the Aircraft Maintenance School at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

“I have my Powerplant mechanic rating and by the end of this summer will have my Airframe mechanic rating,” said Smith. “When I have both, I will be able to work on anyone’s airplane not only on any engine but also on all components of the airframe and be able to hire other mechanics to work for me. I plan to work for three years as a mechanic and then take a test and apply to get my IA (Inspection Authorization) rating. I could then sign off on my own work and the work of other mechanics, inspect airplanes and sign off on alterations.”

Pilots in various types of full-size aircraft will fly to the airport for the breakfast, weather permitting. The public is welcome to watch them land and take off and talk to pilots about their “flying machines.” In addition, weather permitting there will be airplane rides for a fee. Helicopter rides will be raffled off.

Members of the Canyon Country Ultralight Club will assist with the breakfast and have a display of ultralight aircraft.

The Mountain Modelaires, an Academy of Model Aeronautics chartered club, will display radio-controlled model aircraft in an area next to the corporate hanger and hold free drawings for foam and balsa wood gliders.

For more information about the breakfast or flight instruction scholarships for youth, 16 and older, email Secretary Sebastian Smith at sesmith@ptd.net.

Credits:

Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Diane Eaton
Anchor: Johanna Vogt

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