Friday, May 08, 2015

Contest: Winning child can fly

DAYTON — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced its second annual essay contest in conjunction with the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m., June 1.

Children 8-17, who are no taller than 6-foot, 3-inches, and who weigh no more than 250 pounds, and who have never flown in anything smaller than a commercial plane, are eligible to enter to win a flight in a two-seat, single-engine, 300L plane piloted by Sean Tucker.

Tucker is an internationally famous aerobatic pilot and honorary chairman of EAA’s Young Eagles program. The flight will take place, weather permitting, during the morning of June 18 at the Dayton International Airport site of the air show.

Contest participants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 by June 18. To enter, each must write an essay of no less than 100 word and no more than 300 words about one of two topics: “What I Imagine My First Airplane Ride Will Be Like” or “What This Flight Will Mean to Me.”

The winner, along with a parent or legal guardian, must be available and at the airfield by 9:30 a.m. Weather permitting, the event will end by about 10:30 a.m. The winner must consent to media interviews to promote the air show.

Essays must be typed in Ariel or Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with a 1-inch margin on all sides and indented paragraphs.

They can be submitted online at by choosing “Young Eagles Flight.” They can be mailed to arrive by 5 p.m., June 1, to Vectren Dayton Air Show, My First Airplane Ride Essays, 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia, OH 45377.

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