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Chapter 1158 - Giving Wings to Dreams

By Paul Luptons, EAA Chapter 1158, West Bend, Wisconsin

July 2016 - Since its origin in 2000, the motto of EAA Chapter 1158’s summer Air Camp has been giving wings to dreams.

True to its motto, more than 250 young people have been recipients of chapter members’ talent and time leading them to a higher level of aviation knowledge and appreciation. Campers have come from as far away as Arizona to stay with family for the nine-day camp.

Working with the leadership of Chapter 1158, a local glider soaring club and RC club have joined the fun of sharing their hobby with the enthusiastic teens. The core of the program is lots of flying: an introductory flight in a C152 or similar aircraft piloted by a CFI, a ride in a helicopter, a glider, and each camper receives a certificate for his or her Young Eagles flight.

The campers visit the Green Bay airport that includes a tour of the ATC tower and TRACON. The EAA AirVenture Museum and Air Academy in Oshkosh are a must-stop on the return trip to West Bend.

The campers are also treated to a presentation by a local veteran balloon pilot with a detailed description of how balloons are flown.

The science of flight is explored in detail with flying models and serious discussions about the physics of flight and the atmosphere. A retired FAA meteorologist presents a program with lots of hands-on demonstrations.

No program would be complete without engaging young minds and eager hands. Projects with composites, aluminum, electrical wiring, and a demonstration board complete with a retractable landing gear are included.

Also a partial teardown of an aircraft engine reveals to young aviators the inner workings of modern aircraft. Finally, aviation-career speakers share their personal stories and encourage early planning and persistence.

For more details and a photo gallery go to www.EAA1158.org and click on Air Camp.

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