The program is a celebration of flight meant to pay tribute elder aviators and pilots who are no longer flying. It is modeled after the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, in which pilots take children and young people for free airplane rides.
“For Silver Eagles, San Carlos Flight Center has reserved its entire fleet and welcomes back to the cockpit those pilots who have been forced to put away their pilot-in-command wings based on age or physical limitations,” the flight school said in a news release.
Nonflying pilots will be offered free flights and a free barbecue lunch.
San Carlos Flight Center was named Best Flight School in the 2013 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards. The school operates in a club format, in which clients pay a monthly fee in addition to hourly aircraft rental and instructor charges.
“Free airplane flights are just a part of the celebration,” said owner Dan Dyer. “The nature of the event is to honor this generation of pilots, to give them a chance to experience the joy of flight once again, and to welcome them to our community of current and aspiring aviators.”