One of our favorite spring activities this school year was participating in Young Eagles Introduction to Aviation class. Recommended for ages 10 through 18, this 8-week class was taught by pilots and aviation professionals. Each class focused on a topic: weather, air traffic control, flight planning, pre-flight check, and aviation careers. Students toured hangers and took a field trip to a working air traffic control tower. The final class included a graduation flight on which the class was divided into groups of three, each group having the opportunity to fly one leg (after safe take-off by the pilot) of a three-leg flight, flying in and out of three airports. Participants were given their flight log (which they continue to log for their aviation career) which was signed by the supervising pilot, a certificate of completion, and a code for ground school should the student want to continue their journey to becoming a pilot.
It was an experience we will not forget, and definitely one of the highlights of our year.