I have only been in the US for a couple of weeks, but this place is just happening for General Aviation and #AvGeek interests in general.
I could talk about the contrailing fighter jets that I saw dog fighting in the SELLS MOA this weekend or the number of small GA airports around the Phoenix area. But instead I am going to about the my son's first flight in a GA aircraft.
Last Wednesday I logged onto Stella Airpark's (SLJ) website for no real reason. Turns out there was to be a EAA Young Eagles morning at the weekend. I spoke to my 9 year old and he said "sign me up".
On Saturday morning, we headed the 1/2 mile to Stella. We were greeted by a business jet and a L-39.
I filled out the disclaimer paperwork before my son was released to the flight line. There were some pretty cool looking aircraft flying around. I was not disappointed to hear that he would be flying a Mooney M20C (retractable gear!).
Marvin and my son taxied towards the active right in front of me allowing me to take some photo's. They departed runway 17 at Stella and headed west towards the mountains. They flew right over my work which added to my son's excitement. They then appeared approx. 20 minutes later on left traffic for 17.
24 hours after the flight, my son is still buzzing. He has the aviation bug. Where we come from, experiences like this don't happen to kids of 9!
After 2 weeks, I am clearly in love with General Aviation in the US.
Thanks to Marvin for taking his time and money to share this experience with my son. Thanks to EAA for running the Young Eagles program.