Aviation 101: Where young dreams take flight
POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 5:17am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — At the Aviation 101 camp in Tyler, dreams take flight. Young teens ranging from age twelve through fifteen, get the opportunity to spend one week exploring their passion for airplanes.
KETK spoke with a pilot and camp instructor, Louis Thomas, who said, "Maybe some of them will become pilots maybe some of them will be doing something else, maybe a mechanic, but there is so many jobs in aviation. And that's what we're trying to get them to do, is to get enthused about aviation". Pilots instruct the course, teaching campers everything from aerodynamics to history.
One of the campers, Katie Bellefeuille, shared, "My favorite part has been flying the flight simulator. It was really cool seeing how the plane works". Her twin brother who is also enrolled in the course, Will, said, "My favorite part has probably been seeing all of the stuff in the museum".
The final day, students join pilots and take off the runway. Thomas said, "I think you'll see everybody who's a pilot will tell you the same thing, they start when they're very young. So we're trying to instill that in these young people".
Combining thrill with skill, while building a platform that could inspire the future pilots of East Texas. The mother of the twins, Jan, said, "My boy, his mouth drops open. This kind of stuff is gold as far as I'm concerned as a parent".