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High-flying kids

Kids get free airplane rides July 12 at the Mulino Airport.


by: PEGGY SAVAGE - Jared Hartrampf, above, prepares to take off with pilot Robin Brooks in a Cessna. Jared was able to take the controls and fly the plane Tuesday.Jared Hartrampf was a little nervous preparing for take-off last week in a small airplane at Mulino Airport, but he was grinning from ear to ear after he landed.

“It was amazing,” he said of the flight. “It was nothing like I expected.”

Hartrampf and fellow Molalla High School student Tristan Hill rode with pilot Robin Brooks in two separate flights. Brooks spent a good hour teaching the boys the basics before take-off.

Hill was especially excited because he plans to attend the US Air Force Academy.

by: PEGGY SAVAGE - Tristan Hill, left, ready to fly a Cessna with BrooksDick Scott, a member of the Mulino-based Experimental Aircraft Association, arranged the boy’s flights. Scott said the EAA group is looking forward to giving free rides to kids ages 8 through 17 on Saturday, July 12 at Mulino Airport through the Young Eagles program. The start time is 10 a.m.

The Mulino EAA chapter was formed in 1988 and started flying kids for the Young Eagles program in about 1992.

“We have flown about 4,500 kids so far,” Scott said.

The rides are open to all kids who are interested. Parents should preregister their children by emailing our Young Eagles coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Parent's permission is required, and parents must sign a form the club provides. Rides are usually about 20-30 minutes each, and older, more competent kids often get a chance to fly the plane straight and level as well as through a few gentle turns.

The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953 to provide support for people building their own airplanes.

The group has grown to be the largest recreational flying organization in the world, with divisions for antiques, classics, military and aerobatic aircraft as well as supporting pilots with standard category aircraft.

In 1992 EAA launched the Young Eagles program to introduce kids to aviation by providing free airplane rides. A goal was to give a million kids rides by Dec, 17, 2003m the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight. That goal was met and now more than two million kids have had rides — all for free.

The chapter meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the clubhouse on Darnell Road, adjacent to the Mulino Airport. Anybody with an aviation interest is welcome.