More than 50 middle school and high school students have attended one of several dozen Air Academies hosted by the Wathen Foundation at Flabob Airport in Southern California.
As part of their experiences, the students have learned about aviation weather from a former astronaut, about history from a pilot who participated in the Berlin Airlift, and about reciprocating and rocket engines, according to foundation officials. Each student also participated in the construction and launch of a rocket.
During the week-long academies, each student also was offered a first flying lesson. They had the opportunity to fly an aircraft on the last day and logged the time in their first log book.
The foundation will host another Air Academy Oct. 6-10. Enrollment is also open for six more Air Academies scheduled for 2010.
For more information: 951-683-2309, ext. 104 or Flabob.org.