Future aviators in the Southern Tier

By Alicia Nieves

June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 7, 2014 at 6:14 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 50 kids around the Southern Tier got a free ride in the sky, thanks to pilots at the Tri-Cities Airport.

The Tri-Cities Airport held its annual Youth Aviation Day. Children between the ages of eight and 17 had the chance to go on a free plane ride. Even parents got a quick lesson on how to fly.

Organizers of the free flights said their goal is to inspire kids to be pilots.

"Hopefully they'll spur some interest in them in the future, to maybe pursue this career or fly or whatever," said Frank Flint, an organizer and trustee in the Town of Union.

At the very least, organizers said they hope these flights will help some of the kids overcome any fears they may have over flying.

Each kid who flew in the air received a certificate from their flight.

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