Applications now being taken for ASCEND summer camp

Applications are now being accepted for the aviation summer camp ASCEND at Rowan County Airport in Salisbury, N.C.

This week-long event is for youth between the age of 13 and 18 years and will be held from June 17-June 22 in the EAA Chapter 1083’s EAAgles Nest home hangar at the airport. During the week-long program, student campers will be immersed in all aspects of aviation for both hobby and career enthusiasts.

The curriculum is a fast-moving mixture of classroom training and hands-on discovery. During the week instructors will be featuring all aspect of aviation, includes maintenance activities such as mechanical, sheet metal work and fabric-covering skills, plus a ground school programs teaching parts of aircraft, the four forces of flight, navigation, weight and balance, aviation weather, traffic patterns and more.

There will be guest appearances from the world of business and industries showing off their flight departments from single engines propeller driven aircraft to business jets and helicopters. Local TV station, Air Ambulance, Police and National Guard Helicopters will also be invited to show off their professions and equipment.

Each year the camp takes one day for a Charter Bus Field Trip to places like area aviation museums, business flight operations, Airport Management departments, and FAA Air Traffic Control facilities when available.

Following the week-long program each camper will be given a free Introductory Flight from area volunteer pilots in coordination with the EAA Oshkosh’s Young Eagle Program. This program has provided over 1.8 million young people the chance to take flight worldwide. Included in that tally are nearly 3,000 first flights being flown by volunteer pilots in central North Carolina.

Helping to fund this project and to expand on its original concept is a grant from the Taco Bell “Graduate of Go” Foundation. “With this grant we are able to give certificates for on-going flight instruction from CFIs of the student’s choice, flight and navigation tools the students use in class and in their future endeavors in aviation and much more,” organizers note.

The tuition for the camp is $125, and there are scholarships available on a need-based system. The camp is limited to 25 attendees to be able to give personal attention to each camper. New this year, for students wishing to attend and not living nearby, we will have available “student” lodging in the homes of our Chapter members.

For more information: AviationSummerCamp.net and 336-752-2574

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