For dads who have always wanted to pilot a plane, Father's Day weekend will offer a chance to get in the cockpit.

During those two days, the sixth annual Aviation Days will be hosted by York Flight Training at the York Airport, 6054 Lincoln Highway West in Thomasville.

The event will be held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"It gets people out and lets them know we're here. A lot of people don't even know we have an airport in York," said Steve Nagorny, co-owner of the flight school in Jackson Township.

Hosts are expecting about 4,000 people at the event he describes as an open house for flying.

"It can be that creative spark for a young person who may want to become a pilot," Nagorny said.

Cost: The event offers free admission, but there is a cost for food, airplane and helicopter rides, and other features.

Prices start at $35 for the rides, which last 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the route.

"For a lot of people, it's their first time on an airplane. It's fun just coming out to see their excitement," Nagorny said.

Every year the event is a little different in terms of what is offered or featured.

A highlight of this year's Aviation Days includes a B-25 bomber airplane used during World War II, he said.

There will also be displays of new and old airplanes, antique airplane rides, single-engine airplane rides, radio-controlled airplanes and antique cars.


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For example, the T-6 Texan is a single-engine airplane that was used during World War II and the 1970s to train airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S. Navy and British air forces.

"How many times do people get to ride in a World War II bomber or training warbird? It's really neat to see," Nagorny said.

Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.