50 years is a long time for any institution to be around, let alone one that has high expenses and requirements for sustained expertise. But, the Crosswinds Flying Club is celebrating that half century mark this weekend at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.
The club was organized in 1967 by Bill Wyse, a flight instructor and pilot for Ozark Airlines. Bill and his peers wanted to make safe, affordable flying accessible to the community. Crosswinds started with a single Piper Cherokee 140 and now boasts a fleet of four Piper airplanes; including a Warrior, two Dakotas and an Arrow that flew over 900 hours in 2016.
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