WINCHESTER — Students in eighth through 12th grades who are interested in aviation can take part in a new one-day camp sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and Winchester Regional Airport.
The camp, “Soar into Aviation,” will provide campers with an overview of many of the different aspects of flying, according to camp director David Hubbard. They will learn about some of the different instruments pilots use, how weather can affect flying, how math and science are used in aviation and different aviation careers. They also may have an opportunity to take an orientation flight, so they can experience what it’s like to be a pilot and not a passenger.
“Some of these kids will have flown before, others may not have,” Hubbard said. “These flights will give them a chance to see up close what it is like to fly a plane.”
The flights will be dependent on weather conditions on the day of the camp.
There also will be activities with air traffic controllers and flight simulators.
Hubbard said he is going to try and incorporate as much real-world experience into the camp as possible.
“At any given time there are an estimated 1 million people in the air,” Hubbard said. “Many people don’t realize all the different jobs that must be done to manage air travel.”
Hubbard said many people think the only jobs in aviation are pilots and air traffic controllers, but there are other jobs, such as engineers and aviation meteorologists who play important roles in keeping air travel safe.
The camp will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 31 at Winchester Regional Airport at 491 Airport Road.
Hubbard said campers will have a chance to meet pilots who give flight lessons, as well as people who work in all different aspects of the field.
There is a great need for pilots and others to work in aviation, Hubbard…