Program helps young people fly the friendly skies

MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) – They’re not old enough to drive a car, but some teens are already jumping in the cockpit to fly–with some help from experienced pilots through the Young Eagles program.

The airport runway was active for the Young Eagle flight rally.

“I was a professional pilot. Aviation was a great career for me,” said Ken Dominy, a volunteer pilot and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 179.

“What we’re trying to do is build an interest in aviation. Our future depends on it,” Dominy said.

“These are events in which we fly children between the ages of 8 and 17. It’s a free flight,” he said. “We typically take them on a small 20-30 minute flight,” Dominy said.

The kids who went up loved the experience.

“It’s just so smooth. You don’t feel connected to anything at all,” said Abigail Bass, a ninth grader.

“It was different. It was more like a roller coaster,” said Jacob Gonzales, a ninth grader.

Dominy said typically there are a dozen Young Eagle rallies a year in the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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