Saturday, June 25, 2016

Students get hands-on flying experience: ScienceWorks at Ashland Municipal Airport (S03), Jackson County, Oregon

Kathryn's Report:

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A great experience for the students taking part in the Aviation Academy camp this week from Scienceworks.

"Basically he let go and I have it," student Ethan Kastenberg said. "So you control movement, what's called the roll, left and right bank or a pitch, the nose up and down, and a rudder much like on a boat that helps the turn."

The students in middle and high school got the real-life experience with pilots at the Ashland airport. Each of the students got to go up in the air with a pilot and have the experience of taking control.

"Flying has always been a passion for me," Kastenberg said. "I've always wanted to become a pilot, every time I go up into an aircraft or even around an airport my passion is just renewed."

The academy is helping open the eyes of some students to the field.

"You can see them stretch this one week experience into something that's a reality now for them," Scienceworks education director Summer Brandon said. "That just seemed like a cool camp at one point that becomes much more than that by the time they have a Friday flight."

The hands-on flying experience is the last part of the one week academy held by Scienceworks. The students had lessons on land on week, but the flying really brings everything together.

"I think it's great," Kastenberg said. "It's a great way to end the week anytime you can fly it always brings a smile to your face at the end. I think it's one of the coolest feelings to be up in a tin can several thousand feet above the ground."

Brandon said they've had one student who has taken the program in the past now studying to become a pilot. They expect more to follow.

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