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Pilots teach kids about aviation in Burgaw

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BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Though aviation isn't a topic often taught in schools, children interested in flying were able to learn about planes Saturday in Burgaw. 

"It's a dream come true," said 15-year-old Zach Parks who has always wanted to fly.  "It's the first time I've been flying."

Until Saturday, Zach and many other children had only seen small planes on the history channel, but with the generosity from pilots in the local Experimental Aircraft Association, the kids went on rides they won't soon forget.

"Helping any young person see the world from a different perspective you get above the ground and look at the planet you live on," said Karen Ellison, a young eagles coordinator. "You have a totally different appreciation for where we live and the quality of life we have."

For Zach, there was a time when he didn't know if he would ever get to look at the earth from above.  In 2007, the Laney High School Freshman was diagnosed with Leukemia.

"I'm in remission right now, so I have another year and then I'm off treatment," said Parks. 

When treatment is over and the Leukemia has officially departed, Zach says he hopes to get his pilots license and depart on his own plane.


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