Planning for A.S.C.E.N.D. — Aviation Summer Camp: Exploring New Dimensions — has begun in North Carolina.
This is the fifth year of the program, a week-long day camp that immerses campers in all aspects of aviation, for hobby or career. It is based at the EAAgles Nest, the home hangar of EAA Chapter 1083 at the Rowan County Airport in Salisbury, N.C. The camp is open to all teens ages 13 to 18.
Many of the past “campers” have already received their student pilot certificates for solo flight and received full private pilot privileges, organizers note. Other campers have attended colleges around the country working on or attaining careers in other aviation fields, such as aircraft and avionics maintenance, airport management, or aeronautical engineering.
A.S.C.E.N.D offers a glimpse into what a career path in aviation could be like, according to organizers, who noted that campers will:
- Have fun with hands on aviation activities;
- Learn about a wide variety of aviation career opportunities;
- Learn the history of aviation, the “language” and the physics of flight;
- Meet new people with similar interests;
- Fly the flight simulator;
- Meet and talk with pilots, technicians, and other aviation specialists;
- Pre-flight an airplane, check the weather, create a flight plan;
- Take a flight with an experienced, licensed pilot.
The camp will held June 22-27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $150, which includes: Lunch and snack each day; an aviation-related field trip; and special T-Shirts. Some scholarships are available.
Applicants will be selected based on their completed applications. Apply online or call 336-752-2574.