Senior co-pilot’s dream comes true

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – “Skyhawk  A15 – 220,” blared over the loudspeaker at the Fairfield County Airport as Mary Helen Baum, 68, strapped herself securely into the co-pilot seat  of a red, white and black 1960, 210 Centurion, four-seat Cessna and prepared for takeoff.

While Baum had always loved flying, her dream was to actually pilot a plane. On this day, she was about to realize that dream.

Accompanied by Fairfield County Airport Director and pilot, Denise Bryant and her husband Joe, Baum would be taking over the flight controls for a short time as the plane, owned and piloted by Bryant, flew over Lake Murray that midmorning on Aug. 22.Baum, a resident of Amara Place Senior Living facility on Polo Road had been selected as the quarterly winner of Amara’s ‘Living a Dream’ program.

Bryant was donating her plane and her services free of charge for the adventure.

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