Flying is something that has become commonplace among most people, but few have had the opportunity to experience general aviation. Instead of the long security lines and massive delays present in commercial aviation, general aviation offers a more streamlined process.
In order to expose students and community members to general aviation, Carolina General Aviation is holding their third flying event this Sunday at Horace Williams Airport. Carolina General Aviation is a student organization at UNC that offers aviation education and encourages students to become involved in general aviation. The flying event will last most of the day, with the first flight taking off at 10:30 a.m. and the last flight taking off at 3:50 p.m.
The event is taking place near the potential closure date of Horace Williams Airport in May 2018. Horace Williams has faced repeated calls for closure because of both financial and community concerns. Most recently in November 2017 the board of trustees voted to close the airport and have planes removed by May 2018.
President of Carolina General Aviation Sevryn Schaller said the main goal of the flying event is to get people involved with the club and general aviation. Attendees will be taken up in pairs and flown around the University, with the potential to manage controls once in the air.
“I think the event will hopefully make them realize that it’s not just a waste of space – that it should be and could be an amazing part of the Carolina community and really just an overall asset,” Schaller said.