The Weekender: Winter Flying Inside, With Chili

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Winter doldrums won't stop the Weekender from heading out as SocialFlight has a few fun and informative events, all indoors. On Friday in Atlanta, Fulton County Airport's Aviation Community Cultural Center-Contemporary Gallery opens its new aviation photography exhibit featuring 21 large prints by aviation photographer John Slemp. Southern Maine Aviation in Sanford will host a winter flying seminar followed by a five-alarm chili cook-off on Saturday. Enter your favorite spicy dish to compete for prizes in several categories. Donations for lunch will benefit the York County Community Action Corporation, to provide heating oil assistance to local military veterans. The fundraiser drawing for the Alton Bay Ice Runway also will be held.

Space is limited for two Saturday events taking place on each coast. In Joseph, Oregon, the Wallowa County Pilots Association and Chief Joseph Flyers will host their Winter Aviation Banquet. The event features dinner, a presentation by the chief mechanic at Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska and raffle tickets for a chance to win a Cessna 172. Back east, the Potomac TRACON will bring back its popular Operation Rain Check event. Talk to FAA management and controllers about flight service and security elements in the Washington, D.C., area. Observe ATC traffic simulations and take a brief tour of one of the country's busiest ATC facilities. For more on the week's upcoming events, visit SocialFlight.