Posted by Enrique I. Moreno, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2010 at 4:54 am
I strongly object to offering free air rides to kids. Small airplains are fundamentally unsafe; many things can and do go wrong with small airplaines and amateur pilots every day. You hear about the local crashes (like the recent one involving the deceased Tesla Motors employees or the one last week killing three people in Redwood Shores) but you do *not* hear about the hundreds of other crashes in other areas of the country and the thousands in the rest of the world. When you take a child to the free air ride, the child assumes it is safe --because you take him and he trusts you. Please let your child grow up and become an informed adult capable of assessing his or her own risk in flying in a a small airplane. In the meanwhile, do not gamble with their life.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Yes, there is a risk in putting kids into the air. However, there is a greater risk by leaving them on the ground. It is the difference between two dimensions and three dimensions. That third dimension can liberate a young mind. Two dimensions are not enough, enough of the time. Imagine all the kids who ended up in prison without a third-dimension dream.
Posted by Reluctant Siliconer, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm
Airport Day sucked. There was loud, obnoxious music blasting from one of the hangars, Born-Again Christian proselytizer/aircraft builders handing out pamphlets to kids without checking with parents first, and no one could figure out how to sign kids up for the purported free rides. It was a waste of time.
Posted by Sara, a member of the Jordan Middle School community, on Sep 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm
I agree with the above poster that Airport Day was a disappointment. Could have done without the loud music. There should have been a host greeting everyone at the door and explaining what was going on. They should not have allowed distribution of religious coins and pamphlets. We arrived at 3:15 and did not see police or fire representatives. They could have had some booth explaining the history of aviation. All the booths had nothing to do with airplanes. Still glad I went; now I know.
Posted by Talk to me, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm
You know what they say the snoozers are the losers.
If you had bothered to get there sooner there were plenty of opportunities to go for an airplane ride. The kiddies were getting certificates and t-shiorts. As for the commentator that claims this was unsafe, where is your evidence that this organization has a safety problem?
As for small planes every single professional pilot I know started with the fundaments of flight in a single engine piston aircraft.
Posted by Lived in Minnesota, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm
The poster, "Talk to me" sounds like a midwesterner. People in the midwest show up to things early (15-20 min. early) and don't expect much. We are used to impressive shows and being late (busier lives, traffic). Our Silicon Valley standards are higher.