We don’t need to attract every kid, just the next kid… or three.
Seventeen-year-old Ella, 16-year-old Jonathan and 15-year-old Benjamin Robbins are passionate about aviation. The homeschooled trio from Ferndale, Wash., have been designing and building their own radio-controlled aircraft for several years.
A family friend took each of the kids for a ride in his Ercoupe and the three came away smitten.
While researching their next step, the trio came across Mission Aviation Training Academy (MATA) in nearby Arlington, Wash. Making hand knit socks, hats, gloves, turned wooden bowls, pepper grinders and more, the siblings sold enough product at farmer’s markets to pay for MATA’s $500 summer camp.
“Every day we had several hours of ground school, then got into the airplanes and practiced what we had learned for another several hours,” says Ella. “Each of us earned about four hours of flying time towards our private pilot’s licenses. The next step for us is to continue flight training, which we want to do with MATA, and earn our private pilot’s licenses. We are still knitting and turning, and selling our products, but realize that it will take years of Farmer’s Markets to pay for flight training.”
That’s why the three have turned to crowd-funding website IndieGoGo.
“We are three siblings working towards flying as bush pilots to help meet real world needs!”
They hope to raise $19,500 in total so each can earn their private pilot certificate. A first step to aviation to serve their fellow man. Donors will receive a variety of prizes such as a hand-turned wood bowl from Jonathan and Benjamin, a pair of baby socks from Ella or a hand-built Piper Cub model and more.
So… here are three kids who’ve put together a nice looking information packet, have a goal beyond just learning to fly and have already taken several steps. They just need a little financial assistance.
Too often we complain there aren’t enough kids interested in learning to fly. Well, here’s three. If only 1,000 pilots stepped up with $20 each, we’d have three more pilots. Sounds like a pretty good return on investment to me. What do you think?