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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-15

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Chai Flyers from page 12

PLEASE JOIN US FOR
THE FOLLOWING FREE SERVICES

ALL ARE WELCOME!

SELICHOT
Saturday, September 24
Selichot Service — 8:00 pm
Maas Chapel

Joan and Paul Feldman of Farmington Hills

ROSH HASHANAH
Thursday, September 29

CHILDREN'S & YOUTH SERVICES
1:30-2:30 pm
Grades 3-6 I Sanctuary

2:45-3:15 pm
Grade 2 anc Younger I Sanctuary

YOM KIPPUR
Saturcay, October 8

TORAH STUDY
12:301:30 pm I Maas C is oel

Judy and David Schwartz of West Bloomfield

CHILDREN'S & YOUTH SERVICES
1:30 2:30 QM
Graces 3-61 Sanctuary

150 170 miles per hour. I love being
the pilot and being in command."

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2:45-3:15 pm
Grade 2 anc Younger j Sanctuary

AFTERNOON SERVICE
3:45 pm 1Sanctuary

MEMORIAL & CONCLUDING SERVICE
4:30 om i Sanctuary

For membership information
and our full schedule of services
please contact
Executive Director
Tessa Goldberg
248-865-0636
tgoldberg@tbeonline.org

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September 15 • 2011

Seeking New Members
After all these years, the Chai Flyers
are seeking new members to help
keep their longstanding tradition
alive. The club includes everyone
from student pilots with very few
flying hours to experienced pilots
with hundreds of thousands of hours;
pilots who fly small planes and some
who can even fly a Boeing 747. The
beauty of gathering, they say, is the
chance to learn from each other's
experiences.
"We have had some members
who've crashed, unfortunately, but
thankfully everyone survived,"
Feldman said. "I once had an engine
that was sputtering, and we ended up
making a precautionary landing in
Lansing. Another time, my landing
gear would only go up half way and
the motor burned out."
The Federal Aviation Administration
requires small plane owners to pass
an annual inspection. While a private
pilot license does not expire, pilots are
also required to go up with an instruc-

tor every two years to demonstrate
their proficiency.
One Chai Flyer who was not identi-
fied actually got a license to conquer
the fear of flying. Some members have
taken their children and grandchildren
on flights. Others have family mem-
bers who prefer not to take the risk.
"So far, I have not been permitted
to take any of my grandchildren (ages
5-12) on more than a taxi," Schwartz
admits.
But she and the other Chai Flyers
say they feel perfectly safe and confi-
dent in mid-air; there's no place else
they'd rather be.
"It's not like driving a car because
when you drive a car the other cars
are so close to you. In the air, if a
plane gets within half a mile of you,
that's close," Schwartz explains. "We're
dedicated to aviation, safety and fun.
We say we're closer to God attitudi-
nally." I I

To become a member of the Chai
Flyers or for more information,
email: thechaiflyers©gmail.com .

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