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Flying club takes off at Pease

Jacob Nelson (far left), Aero Club certified flight instructor, and Aero Camp students take off Edwards Runway 24 on April 23 as part of an Aero Camp training flight to Tehachapi, Calif. This year's second annual Aero Camp was held April 21 to 25, and is intended to train students, ages 14 to 19, with the help of certified flight instructors in the areas of flight and ground school training. The second camp is scheduled for late July.(U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

An aircraft similar to this could be utilized by the flying club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- An informational meeting will be held on Sept. 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in building 264's alert crew dining facility to learn more about the formation of a flying club.

Following the model of a successful flying club located in Portland, Maine, where some New Hampshire Air National Guard members are currently partners, plans are underway to start a new flying club here.

Future plans include purchasing a plane and renting a hangar with a briefing facility located on the civilian side of the Portsmouth International Airport, so that members can rent time in a more affordable and personnel way than from a fixed base operator.

Club organizers are looking for members that share a love of flying, at all experience levels, who are excited about getting the most out of aviation. Any pilots, certified flight instructors, student pilots, airframe and power plant mechanics, or interested individuals are encouraged and welcome to apply.

"The goal is to have a true four-place family aircraft, fixed gear single engine for cost, and GPS/IFR capable aircraft to get the most enjoyment out of your flying experience," said Tech. Sgt. Jacob Ricciotti who is spearheading the flying club. "Some benefits include the ability to build flight hours affordably, and flying cross country on your own time."
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