Flabob Airport Brings Aviation to Grade Schools
Al Gester takes a group of fifth and sixth graders on a tour past Flabob Airport’s DC-3.
November 10 2011 – Flabob Airport has been bringing its after school program to fifth and sixth grade students at local schools for six years in an ongoing effort to attract more young people to aviation. With 28 engagements lined up for the fall and winter months of the current school year, more are expected by springtime, with the goal of introducing students to the role and accessibility of GA and airports like Flabob.
Airport owner The Wathen Foundation offers schools three programs that are taught after regular school hours. The first, taught by Al Gester and Kathy Rohm, focuses on the history of flight and how to build a variety of paper airplanes. The second is led by Kevin McKenzie and Kathy Rohm, who teach the fundamentals of flight using aircraft models. At the conclusion of the session students are each given a simple balsa airplane kit.
The third program includes teachers from the first two sessions combining forces with Flabob personalities to give the kids a tour of the airport’s resident DC-3 and four famous Golden Age replica racers commissioned and owned by Tom Wathen.
“The response to the program has been universally enthusiastic and positive,” said Bill Sawin, director of development at Flabob. “We hope that this kind of initial contact will entice them to return for Young Eagles flights and possibly enroll in one of the numerous Air Academies we host each year. Some of these kids wind up enrolling in our aviation high school.”
To learn more about the Flabob aviation programs, click here or call Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309, ext 104.