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Pilot Jeff Walston always goes through a checklist before taking off to make sure the ride goes well and the landing is smooth.

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Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Pilot Jeff Walston always goes through a checklist before taking off to make sure the ride goes well and the landing is smooth.

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Nick Fenske, 17, looks out over Sarasota.

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Nick Fenske, 17, looks out over Sarasota.

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Nick Fenske and Eli Converse get ready to take off with Pilot Jeff Walston.

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Nick Fenske and Eli Converse get ready to take off with Pilot Jeff Walston.

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Michael Barfield and his daughter Julia

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Michael Barfield and his daughter Julia

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Pilot Jeff Walston shows kids the navigational map and explains how it works.

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Pilot Jeff Walston shows kids the navigational map and explains how it works.

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Pilots flew kids around Longboat Key and Sarasota for about 15 minutes.

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Pilots flew kids around Longboat Key and Sarasota for about 15 minutes.

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Leo Fisher

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Leo Fisher

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Pilot Jeff Walston explains that he needs to slow down when landing.

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Pilot Jeff Walston explains that he needs to slow down when landing.

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Joe Cotto gets ready to go up.

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Joe Cotto gets ready to go up.

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Pilot Jeff Walston got his license in 1980. He once flew skydivers into the sky before they jumped out of the plane.

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Pilot Jeff Walston got his license in 1980. He once flew skydivers into the sky before they jumped out of the plane.

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Hunter Cribbs will help the pilot navigate with a map on the iPad.

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Hunter Cribbs will help the pilot navigate with a map on the iPad.

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Eli Converse listens to Pilot Jeff Walston before take off.

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Eli Converse listens to Pilot Jeff Walston before take off.

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Eli Converse, Erin Fenske, Nick Fenske, Courtney Converse, Summer Bergson and Leo Fisher

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Eli Converse, Erin Fenske, Nick Fenske, Courtney Converse, Summer Bergson and Leo Fisher

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Denise Cribbs, 12, gives a thumbs up before taking off.

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Denise Cribbs, 12, gives a thumbs up before taking off.

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Geovana Cribbs brought her children Denise, 12, and Hunter 10, to learn about aviation.

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Geovana Cribbs brought her children Denise, 12, and Hunter 10, to learn about aviation.

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Children flew in this Cessna 172 SP. It has 180 horsepower.

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Children flew in this Cessna 172 SP. It has 180 horsepower.

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Pilots flew children around Longboat Key and over Sarasota where they saw the city from 12,000 feet.

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 |

Pilots flew children around Longboat Key and over Sarasota where they saw the city from 12,000 feet.

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