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Give Flight Program Waiex Takes Flight in Las Cruces
September 13, 2018 - Another one of the Give Flight program airplanes took flight in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on August 18; the chapter-built Waiex lifted off from the Las Cruces International Airport at 8:30 a.m.
Mike Singleton was in the left seat for the first flight, and said the airplane was well-built and ready to test after a dutiful construction effort from Chapter 555.
Charlie Becker, EAA’s director of chapters and communities & homebuilt community manager, said the Give Flight program was meant to shine a light on chapters’ ability to build an airplane together.
“The point of the Give Flight program was to make sure chapters understood they could build an aircraft,” Charlie said. “Although they cannot fly it as a chapter, maybe a member or some members could form a flying club separate from the chapter to break down barriers to entering aviation.”
That’s exactly what will be done with the Waiex. Chapter 555 President Wes Baker, EAA 744727, said the airplane will be donated to a newly formed flying club that should serve as a gateway to getting more folks involved in aviation.
“We’re really glad that it’s done,” Wes said. “Our whole intention was to put this into a flying club where there really won’t be any cheaper way to fly. We’re trying to reduce the money aspect that keeps people from flying as much as we possibly could.”