EAA Air Academy Draws Students From Around the World
Alican Isikkent participates in a rope-climbing exercise as one of this year's international Basic Air Academy students.
July 2, 2008 — Each year hundreds of kids eager to learn about aviation attend EAA’s Air Academy summer sessions. Among the hundreds of participants, a few international students also make the trip to Oshkosh, making their attendance even more notable.
Alican Isikkent of Ankara, Turkey was one of this year’s international Basic Air Academy students. Isikkent flew 14 hours from Turkey to attend the Air Academy camp. “My father is a member of EAA, and he told me about the camp and asked me to come. I’ve always been interested in aviation, but my father’s involvement has really enhanced my own interest,” Isikkent said.
With paragliding and skydiving already under his belt, he was most interested in flying with certificated flight instructors during camp. “We’ve done a lot of things here, but so far my favorite thing has been flying with the CFIs,” Isikkent said. Throughout the week, he also participated in a challenge course, ground school, numerous workshops, and other interactive activities.
"Participation from international students shows the Academy's vast global reach and student's passion and dedication to aviation." said Tom Poberezny, EAA president.
EAA’s Air Academy offers three camps with seven sessions throughout the summer designed to teach kids about the many facets of aviation. More information on EAA’s Air Academy is available at www.airacademy.org.