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Fly-in draws aviation enthusiasts
by CHARLEY DALEBOUT
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Pilot shane oldfield sits with his kids Emma and Parker in the Utah Highway Patrol's helicopter at the Fly-in Breakfast event at the Cedar City airport on Sept. 20. | Photo by CHARLEY DALEBOUT
Pilot shane oldfield sits with his kids Emma and Parker in the Utah Highway Patrol's helicopter at the Fly-in Breakfast event at the Cedar City airport on Sept. 20. | Photo by CHARLEY DALEBOUT
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CEDAR CITY – The annual Fly-in Breakfast hosted by Sphere One Aviation took place Sept. 20 at the Cedar City Airport, bringing in local pilots, aviation lovers, and curious people from around Iron County for a morning of flying, breakfast, and aviation enjoyment.

The fly-in was a day dedicated to aviation while also providing a fundraiser for the local Boy Scouts from Troop 1865.

Planes from Life Flight, Utah Highway Patrol, and SyberJet were on display with their pilots and representatives. Local pilots also displayed their private planes, and three local pilots gave rides to the public.

“We just want to welcome everyone out to the airport to see what we do and promote aviation,” said Brenda Lee Blackburn, president and founder of Sphere One Aviation.

“We want to give that experience to all people and let them have that exposure,” she added.

The fly-in was a way to let people know that Sphere One offers flight courses and flight opportunities. They are also working to make aerial tours available to the public.

The Boy Scouts cooked breakfast for everyone that came, and all proceeds from the breakfast went to their troop. The troop leaders, scouts, and parents were all volunteers.

“(The Boy Scouts) love cooking for the people,” said Karl Hugh, of the troop.

“They get to meet a lot of people and pilots, and it’s a great opportunity for community service,” he added.

The fly-in started off with a new twist this year. Aaron Kirschner, a line worker for Sphere One, skydived into the event, carrying the American Flag with him as the national anthem played.

Families and aviation enthusiasts spent the rest of the morning looking at the planes and talking to the pilots.

“The kids are great, and putting that fire or spark into them to pursue aviation (is one of my favorite parts of the event),” said Rich Grinnell, pilot of the Life Flight airplane.

Families were also encouraged to take a flight in one of the private planes. Three local pilots gave rides for $15 per person.

“This gives everyone the opportunity to be in a small aircraft,” said J.J. McGuire, logistics manager at Sphere One.

There was a steady stream of people all morning.

“There’s a good turnout. It’s good to see so much aviation enthusiasm,” said Chuck Taylor, SyberJet president. The company had one of its planes there and was letting the public view the plane.

The weather was cool with barely a breeze that morning, making it nice weather for the event.

“My favorite part of the event is seeing the people from the community come,” Blackburn said.

“Seeing the light of enthusiasm in the youth gives me the burning to do it year after year,” she added.

Sphere One would like to thank the private pilots Henry Brunson, Stan Griffith, and Neil Donahue for donating their time in giving rides to the public. They would also like to thank Mark Leavitt Group Wings for allowing them to use the hanger for the event.
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