Pilots attend Helicopter Fly-In at Big Sandy Regional Airport

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- 81-year-old Pat Whitehead has dreamed of flying since he was a boy.

"That I was coming home, down the street and I would start running and I would fold my knees up and glide down the street. Now, I can do it in this," said Pat Whitehead, pilot.

So, that is exactly what he is doing.

"I've been flying helicopters 16 years, flew fixed wing 40 years before that" said Whitehead.

This weekend, pilots from across the United States are gathering at the Big Sandy Regional Airport to fly and show off their own helicopters or 'helicycles' that they have built themselves.

Blake Estes works for the company that makes helicopter kits for consumers.

"Air frame, and the main rotary gear boxes and all of that. Then, the customer takes the time to put it all together according to our specifications and it makes for a very fun, capable, safe, helicopter," said Estes.

Whitehead said he spent several years putting together his helicopter.

With decades of flying experience, he has no intentions of keeping his feet on the ground anytime soon.

"Another 16, 17, 18, 20 years, whatever," said Whitehead.

Pilots said they are required to take a training course before flying their helicopter.

Pilots will be out at the airport flying their helicopters again all day Saturday.

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