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EAA Chapter Holds 7th Summer Air Camp


Working with aluminum and rivets, students at West Bend's Air Camp assemble a section of a Sonex wing
Working with aluminum and rivets, students at West Bend's Air Camp assemble a section of a Sonex wing.

June 29, 2006 — Summer camps with a theme are developing rapidly in the United States, something the members of EAA Chapter 1158 in West Bend, Wisconsin have known for many years. The chapter's 7th Air Camp was held last week for 14 local students aged 13 to 15.

The eight-day event took place at West Bend Airport in the chapter's large hangar and included a half-hour of dual instruction in a Cessna 150; a demonstration flight in a helicopter, another in a tethered hot air balloon; and a ride in a glider. The students also flew to Oshkosh where they toured the EAA Air Museum.

The students got hands-on experience with composite construction, riveting, and electrical schematics from a real aircraft wiring project. They also learned about aviation history, the forces involved in flight, aviation careers, and basic design and construction principles.

"The days were long, but each was filled with enough variety to sustain a high level of interest," said Air Camp Director Dr. Paul Lupton. "In seven years of refining the curriculum, we've never had to handle a complaint. Some students start out wondering what they're getting into, but quickly realize that it's an enjoyable and exciting field of study, especially the hands-on work and the various forms of flight they're introduced to. Most finish wanting to do more."

For more information on the annual Air Camp contact plupton@hnet.net.

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