High altitude fun

-- July 15--Though he didn't show it, when Clint Reynolds arrived at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Sunday, he was nervous. About a half hour later, when he took the controls of the 1968 Cessna 182 from pilot Jenny...

Fees are listed on Eagles Nest website and Trissel said that different payment plans are available. He estimated the pay-as-you go option at about $130 per lesson and send that buying hours in advance is actually cheaper.

"The faster you learn, the cheaper it can be," said Trissel.

Another option at Eagles Nest is the Shenandoah Valley Soaring club, which teaches people to fly gliders. Anyone interested in learning through SVS must be a member of the organization, according to its website and pay initiation fees plus dues. Junior fees include a $50 initiation fee and dues of $10 per month. Adult fees are $300 and $35 per month respectively.

No matter the cost, the R.E. Lee rising sophomore isn't considering becoming a pilot any time soon because of his recent tour above the county. He's looking forward, right now, to becoming an auto mechanic. But he's considering his options.

"At first I worried I might do something wrong, then I got the hang of it. At the end of the flight, I was comfortable," the teen said. "It was easier than I thought and the pilot said I did a good job and found my calling.

"I would do it again if I could."

If you go:

WHAT: Shenandoah Valley Ultralight and Light Sport Flight Festival

WHEN: from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport off Route 256 in Weyers Cave.

ADMISSION: Free, though some flight services are by fee. Teens 8 to 17 fly free.

MORE INFO: Shenandoah Valley Ultralight and Light Sport Flight Festival, http://www.sheandoahflightfestival.org; Eagles Nest Flight Services, http://www.eaglesnest.aero; Shenandoah Valley Soaring, http://www.svsoar.org; Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, http://www.flyshd.com.

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