The Hawk Road Flying Club held another round of Young Eagle Flights at the Maryville Regional Airport on Sunday.
Besides giving free airplane rides for youth, the group focuses on spreading the passion they have for aviation.
As the local chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association, the group is relatively young itself.
But many of its members are not new to flying around not just Nodaway County, but the country.
Several are military veterans with overseas experience, some have worked farms, and some are getting the passion by following in their family's footsteps.
Brad Rankin, grandson of Joe and Jo Rankin, has had his pilot's license for four years.
"It's fun, it's relaxing," Rankin said. "When you're up there, you get away from it all."
The younger Rankin, who hopes to someday give lessons like his father and grandfather, agrees with his fellow club members that the sky is the way to go.
"More accidents happen in cars, planes are way safer," he said. "If it wasn't safe, I wouldn't be going up there, that's for sure."
But safety and relaxation aside, Rankin and his friend Drew Wilson think that the area, and aviation in general, could benefit from more people learning the skill.
"We definitely want to get more people out here flying, it's such a fun hobby," Wilson said. "Yeah, it costs a lot of money at first, but I've never heard of anyone who regretted it.
"And it turns into a family thing," Wilson continued. "Not only your relatives, but the people you fly with and are around. You become a family."
Wilson and Rankin, who are both in their 20's, have logged plenty of flight time for their age.
And that's the exact reason why the club hosts the Eagle Flights, to plant the seeds for a new generation of pilots.
"The time to get started is when you're young," Rankin said. "It takes awhile, but once you get there you never look back. It is a cool thing for youth to do."
EAA Chapter 1540 president Mike Rogers was one of the pilots doing the Eagle Flights.
He said that the club's hope is that events like the one last weekend will help catch the imagination of a new generation and inspire youngsters to take to the skies.
"It is so amazing to be up there," Rogers said. "There is no feeling like flying a plane. And there are so many practical applications, so many jobs available. It teaches a lot of responsibility and good life lessons too."
Jehd Webster, a member of several EAA chapters over the years, came up to Maryville for the event.
He got his license in 1972 after service in the armed forces and has well over 1,500 hours of flight time. He's flown 748 youth flights in his years as an EAA member.
Page 2 of 2 - "I'm a pilot for fun," Webster said. "And it's worth it."