Shortly after takeoff, the Smoky Mountain Flying Club is having to re-route its course.
The flying club nearly lost an $11,000 non-refundable down payment on an airplane after a deal with investors went bad.
The Smoky Mountain Flying Club is trying to get some wind under its wings again with a campaign to attract new members and buy a sporty plane, or two, for its pilots to use collectively.
Instead of the small planes traditionally flown by recreational pilots, the club is moving in the direction of the burgeoning class of light sport aircraft. These lightweight, maneuverable planes require less training and are cheaper to keep up than their larger counterparts.