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Flight Seeing Tradition Part of Masters

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The Masters means thousands of out-of-town visitors and hundreds of planes in the CSRA. But, the end of their visit to Augusta National Golf Club allows for others dreams to take off...it's called flight seeing. WJBF News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy has the story.

Each year, people pack into the Augusta National Golf Club hoping to get a glimpse of who takes home the coveted green jacket. Many of those visitors fly into one of the local airports

Becky Shealy, Interim Airport Manager at Daniel Field, tells us, "we can see anywhere from 60-125 planes."

And, once the green jacket has been awarded, folks flock to the local airports in what some call a flight-seeing tradition, which is one that life-long resident Tod McNitt is sharing with his family. "I did this when I was a kid. We used to be over at Daniel Village and watch the planes," he says.

This time, McNitt brought his wife and two children along for the experience.

"I come from a strong aviation background and family. And he...you see him right now...he likes the airplanes. So, it's important to get him comfortable to seeing airplanes," McNitt adds.

And, some pilots share that sentiment arguing that the youth are the future of aviation; a future that could be up in the air.

"There is going to be a shortage of pilots. So, we need to educate the people and let them know that it is out there for them," Fred Schultz, a pilot with Atlanta Air Charter explains.

McNitt believes flight seeing like this could educate his 2-year-old son and turn the fascination into a profession he can share with HIS own children one day.

"I hope when I got grand kids we'll bring them out here and show them the planes. Like I said, it's enjoyable," McNitt leaves with us.

Planes will be taking off throughout the night and Monday morning from Daniel Field and Augusta Regional Airport. If you're planning on heading out, please take an umbrella.

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