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Wings and Wheels – May 2013 – Learn to Fly Day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, May 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! It’s Learn to Fly Day!

The EAA announced International Learn to Fly Day in 2009 with the aim of growing the pilot population and educating the public about the importance and value of the airports in their communities. Many people don’t know what it takes to earn their wings. For many, flying is only something one daydreams about, and it is up to pilots to invite others ‘across the fence’ and show them what it is all about. Airports as well are great unknowns, but they serve us and our communities – they are ours to visit too!

I too had not understood how someone becomes a pilot till one of my pilot friends took me for my first ride and started explaining how an airplane works. Now the airport is my favorite hangout and every plane that flies above makes me want to head there.

For Learn to Fly Day, we’re inviting area flight schools and flying clubs to visit the original terminal building at Hobby Airport and help us remove the mystery about becoming a pilot.

We’ve invited the AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Yasmina Platt to join us.

We have also invited our friends from The Bay Area Aero Club, a non-profit flying club based at Pearland Airport. Since their founding in 1979, they have grown to 165 members and at least seven aircraft. BAAC is a non-profit flying club that provides a LOT for their members, and we’re inviting them for Learn to Fly day because they help make it easy for their members to learn to fly. They’re a great example of a thriving and busy flying club, and we welcome them to our Museum!

Also visiting us, weather and schedule permitting, is Flight Instructor Mark Congco-Antoine, CFI, CFII, ATP, and owner of Crazy Eight Aviation, LLC. He’s one of the valuable pilots over at Texas Children’s Hospital, and teaches at David Wayne Hooks Airport out in Spring, Texas (up in what we call northwest Houston).

The Bay Area Aero Club1940 ATMCrazy Eight Aviation, LLC


N95244 could be yours for the cost of a $50 raffle ticket!

The largest expense for flight training is airplane time. What if you won a plane? Our Raffle Plane, a beautifully maintained 1969 Piper Cherokee 140, is a fine plane to learn in. Some lucky ticketholder will win it in July, maybe sooner if all 2500 tickets sell out! One previous raffle winner DID get his license in the plane he won. A $50 raffle ticket could become your ticket to the joy of aviation!

Find out more about N95244!

You can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

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Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.