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LOCK HAVEN — It’s not every day that 17-year-old twins land an RV-6 and an RV-8A at Piper Memorial Airport. But this is no ordinary day or week. It’s Fly-In time!
Emma and Logan Steed flew experimental planes here from Vermont, as did their father. The twins have scored airtime in 48 states so far and will reach their 50th state when they travel to Oshkosh, Wis. later this summer for the EAA AirVenture event.
Emma said they flew their solo flights on their 16th birthday and got their pilot’s license on their 17th birthday, April 25 this year. They are from Winnsboro, SC
Logan usually flies a Piper L-4 Grasshopper. The fly family had never visited the Cub Haven Fly-In before, but Logan is now a fan. “I want to make a habit of coming here” he said.
Logan hosted his own event, “Cub Fly-In at FDW,” this spring, the day before his birthday, at Fairfield County Airport in Winnsboro, and was thrilled that two original Piper J-3s, a Super Cub and a Cub Legend showed up. It wasn’t fancy, he said. There were hot dogs and sodas, and his L-4 Grasshopper, of course.
It started as a joke he made on Facebook, he said, but once 50 people expressed serious interest, he decided it would be fun to host it. Two of the gentlemen present were in Lock Haven this week for the Cub Haven event.
Logan, his sister, and father Brian Steed fly across several states, flying an RV-6, RV-8, and RV-8A, all experimental aircraft. If you’re familiar with airplanes, you can guess why.
“They made sense for this trip because they are very, very fuel efficient,” Ryan explained.
And, according to Logan, “They’re a little tougher than the Cubs.”
This particular Steed family trip included New Hampshire and Maine, where Emma got her wish to see a moose, and then the flight from Bennington, Vermont to Lock Haven. They hadn’t planned to stay long at Piper Airport and hoped to be back in the air Thursday afternoon, depending on the weather. They were heading to Virginia, followed by a stop at the Wright Brothers First Flight Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and then home from there.
Just a week later, the twins will leave their 49th state behind with a trip to Hawaii where they’ll rent planes and soar to those beautiful skies. Their mother, Mélanie, will accompany them for this stage of their summer in the air. “It’s part of their mother’s vacation,” said Brian.
After that, off to Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture event and the completion of their milestone.
The twins have been flying all their lives. Their father likes to say, “They logged on 20 hours before they were born.”
Brian was bitten by the aviation bug when he was a teenager, younger than his twins are now. It was a ride in a 172, a generic high-wing Cessna, that changed his life.
“I’ve decided, by God, I’m going to do it. I started taking classes and have been hooked ever since,” he said. “Believe me, it can be addictive.”
Today, he’s president of his two businesses, a flight school and an avionics shop, both at Fairfield County Airport in Winnsboro, and he’s spent a lot of time in the air.
Ask him about his close calls over the years, and he’ll tell you about the one-engine plane landing – twice, as well as the ice hazard, deer on the runway, and the weather event. of the Fairfield County microburst.
But he’s not too scared for his teenagers’ safety in the air. “They are capable of anything” he said.
The Steeds are truly an aeronautical family.
Logane said, “When we were younger, we played in the J-3 which was waiting to be restored. We just saw it as a plane in the corner and wanted to crawl into it.
The twins’ older brother, also named Brian Steed, works at Boeing in San Antonio where the new Air Force One jets are being developed.
Logan is already planning to return to Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven air travel next year and hopes to fly one of the family’s J-3s for it. And, maybe he will organize his own Cub fly-in again next summer.
Emma said that once the 50-state milestone is reached, she would like to work on a new one, completing the Appalachian Trail. She’s already covered 158.3 miles on the AT, including all of Georgia and part of North Carolina.
“Most people don’t do things like that because they don’t even know it’s possible,” said their father.
She and Logan attend private school Richard Winn Academy and are rising seniors. What comes after graduation?
Emma said, “It’s in the air.”