Illinois Residents Take to the Sky

Illinois Residents Take to the Sky

For at least the last 30 years the organization has been hosting Air Tours at the Casey Municipal Airport. Giving any one who wants to fly, a 30 minute ride over the state.
Illinois residents were able to get a different perspective on their hometowns on Sunday.   
   
The Casey Municipal Airport hosted its annual Air Tours.

It's something that organizers say they've been doing for so long they can't even remember when it first started, and that tradition is still making a big impact on the community.

It's a sight you don't see every day.
   
Soaring nearly 2,000 feet above your hometown.
   
But that's something the Cumberland County Conservation District is working to change.

"It's really fun when you get up and you can see a long ways, people just can't imagine the view from an airplane compared to what you see in the ground driving around in the car," said Randy Hurt, resource conservationalist.

For at least the last 30 years the organization has been hosting Air Tours at the Casey Municipal Airport.
   
Giving any one who wants to fly, a 30 minute ride over the state.

"A lot of people just don't have the opportunity to take commercial flights, but something like this can give them a different perspective of their home area," said Bob Blade of Greenup, Illinois.
   
From farmers scouting out land, to kids earning their first set of wings.

"I'm going to tell my teacher that I flew around the school," said Mitchell Blade, 5, of Greenup, Illinois.

These flights are giving their new co-pilots a look at a different way to travel their communities.
   
Even taking detours to fly over the riders homes, and local points of interest.

"He took us to the school and we flew around the school, and then we flew pass where he lives out in the country and we flew around it so he can see it and then to his great grandma's place," said Bob Blade.

Hurt added: "People seem to enjoy it, they come out and get ride on the airplane, take a look at the crops and see what's going on out there."

Letting everyone experience their city from a whole new vantage point.

"It's great, when you get in the air you cant imagine what you can see that's different. Once you get in the air you can see for miles on a day like this," said Hurt.  "It's just amazing when you get in the air."

All of the money raised at the event will go to the Casey Airport Boosters Club.
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