Free Airplane Flights for Kids

November 7, 2011 by  
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Kids get a free flight with local volunteer pilots to learn about aviation.

I would say I wish I were this young again so I could participate for a free flight with a pilot, and get a bird’s-eye view of the landscape. But then I remember I’m a bit dodgy with heights…

Youth aged 8-17 years old can have a free flight with the Young Eagles program, which aims to encourage an interest in aviation in kids. Volunteer pilots take youngsters up for a 15-20 minute ride as part of the the EAA Young Eagles flight experience, first leading them on a preflight inspection of the plane, and teaching them about the instrument panel, aeronautical charts, and how to identify reference points during the flight. Afterwards, there’s more time for questions. No catches, just the opportunity of a lifetime!

To arrange the flight experience, find a Young Eagles New Mexico coordinator near you –  there are currently two showing in Albuquerque, plus one in Los Lunas. Then call the volunteer to arrange a flight date. Then be sure to tell us all how it went!

And if you’re interested in aviation, you might like to know about the Belen Alexander Airport Open House on November 12, 2011, with exhibition sky diving, military aircraft, a car show, Young Eagles rides by Edgewood EAA, and a pancake breakfast.

Happy flying!



BOGO Foster Grants

June 30, 2009 by  
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Thanks to reader Kenny for sharing these tips!

OK, you probably have to be “of a certain age” to remember those fabulous “Who’s behind those Foster Grants” sunglasses commercials, and we admit we are. But we gotta say, the stylishness of Foster Grant sunglasses lives on, and now you can get them at a cut-rate price!

Through July 4th (2009) at participating Walgreen’s locations, get buy-one-get-one-free pricing on all Foster Grants! Kenny reports he picked up two pairs of polarized sunglasses for a mere $10 each. You can’t beat that, especially if you tend to lose them, run over them, sit on them, or otherwise abuse your shades in a way that causes premature sunglass wreckage.

Kenny reports he got his Foster Grants at the Paradise and Golf Course store, but he checked several metro locations and they all had the deal. And Kenny’s word is good enough for us.

Another Walgreen’s tip: if you open an account at, you can upload photos for free, edit them, organize them into groups, share them, receive comments on them — heck, you can even order prints to be picked up at any store in the U.S. What a great tool for people who want to back up their photos, or folks with loved ones who live out of state and are dying to see pix of the new grandbaby!

Walgreen’s has THIRTY SIX locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Edgewood, Los Lunas, Belen and beyond.

–Elizabeth Hanes