Local Organizes Gay Flying Group

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Do you want to fly away this summer? Whether you pilot an airplane, helicopter or glider, work in air traffic control or aircraft mechanics, or simply have an interest in aviation, a local gay man would like you to become part of the Utah chapter of the National Gay Pilots Association. 

“Ever since I was a little boy I’ve had a fascination with flying,” said Mel Nimer, president of the Utah chapter of Log Cabin Republicans and the group’s founder, who spent his youth sitting in cockpits with airline pilots on their routs from New York to Salt Lake City in their “four turboprop” planes. A Federal Aviation Administration certified private pilot who just recently renewed his certificate, Nimer said that he’s looking for other enthusiasts and professionals to meet up and share their interest in the skies.

“You don’t have to be a pilot to belong,” he stressed. And as for specific social activities, “If you want to go dinner or hang out or go to the airport all of that can be arranged.”

Although the group’s focus is primarily on social gatherings, Nimer said that members with licenses may also elect to fly together. While not every pilot can fly a single-engine jet, Nimer said that those who can are also welcome to participate in the “various fly-ins around the country” that the NGPA periodically holds. He also said that local fly-ins to various nearby locations (like Rock Springs, Wyo.) are also a possibility.

 “We’ll wait and see who joins and what we decide to do,” he said.

To join or to request more information call Mel Nimer at (801) 604-4603 or Rusty James at (801) 203-0341. Aviation enthusiasts of all sexual orientations are welcome to join.

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