Pilots shake the Rust off at Weekend Event

PENN TWP – Meet Diana Wulff … a self-proclaimed Rusty Pilot.

“I haven’t been pilot in command in more than five years,” said Wulff of Center Township. “I’m ready to go back, and today was my first step.”

Wulff was among more than 60 people to attend a session of the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilots Association (AOPA) seminar Saturday at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport.

The seminar, which was free to AOPA members, gave pilots the information they need to get current after a hiatus from aviation.

Members of the audience traveled from around Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to attend.

Some said they had not flown in years due to family events, previous medical conditions and employment responsibilities. Others had flown that very morning.

“It’s just good to have a refresher,” Jim Winnier explained of his decision to attend.

The class was taught by Dale Robinson, a Certified Flight Instructor and aviation trainer from Delaware.

Every participant left the program with a logbook endorsement attesting that he or she completed three hours of ground training toward a Flight Review.

Based on the overwhelmingly positive experience, Butler County Airport Authority Board Member Andy Allen said the airport hopes to hold more AOPA events in the future.

Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport extends special thanks to Chas Tanner, who helped organize the event, and the Condor Aero Club from the Zelienople Airport for providing the morning’s donuts.