Glasgow Aviation Camp

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. for Glasgow's Aviation Camp.

Sam Chambers is one of the camp's certified flight instructors. He says, "A couple of years ago, I was at the Kentucky Aviation Association conference. Part of the session was at the Aviation Museum where they told us about the camp. I thought it was a great thing and I volunteered to host one in Glasgow."

This is the first year for the camp in Glasgow and the 22 enrolled students have a lot to learn.

Chambers says, "They study aerodynamics, principles of flight the forces that act on an airplane. They study about aircraft and aircraft engines, careers in aviation."

David Helm is the Aviation Camp coordinator. Helms says, "We'll be flying Cessna 172s."

They are not old enough to drive cars, but these 10-15 years olds are learning to fly airplanes. That's probably the highlight of aviation camp."

Helm says, "Once you get to altitude, if they're comfortable letting go they can just sit back and let you fly the airplane. You will be in charge of that."

For James Boyter, it was something he's never experienced before.

Boyter is one of the camp participants. He says, "It's not how you imagine it. How's it different? The controls are a lot different it's easier and it’s harder. It's easier to do, but scarier."

He's got aviation blood in his veins. His grandfather was a pilot.

Boyter says, "He flew some tours in Vietnam."

Chambers says it's something he'll never tire of; "Aviation has been around for 100 years, and it still is looked at in awe by people of all ages."

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