Mon, Apr 19, 2010
Founded in August of 1953 by Robert L. Taylor, the Antique
Aircraft Association is the world's oldest organization
specifically devoted to antique and classic aircraft.
Yet as airfield accessibility continues to diminish and the
general aviation community continues to grey, there is growing
concern among antique aircraft enthusiasts: how can we appeal
to youth in order to grow and support the next generation of
The Antique Aircraft Association of Colorado took up the
challenge in an innovative way with the creation of aircraft
workshops. Using existing member expertise and generous club
donations, the organization set out to acquire and rebuild a light
sport aircraft with the help of the local youth community. In
February of 2008, the club purchased a 1946 Taylorcraft
BC-12D. Shortly after, the organization held its first "Young
Aviators" meeting to begin the exciting T-Craft restoration.
The number of youth volunteers has grown from 3 to over 20
participants in roughly two years. Not only do the children
have an opportunity to learn the restoration trade, including
everything from engine overhaul to fabric covering, they also have
the opportunity to experience flight firsthand.
Many club provide free flights to youth; in fact, one of the
"T-Craft Project" workers, Devika Douillard, flew her dual
cross-country flight to the AAA gathering in Blakesburg, Iowa,
piloting a 50-year old airplane using just a compass and current
charts. As the organization states, they are hoping to "form
a core group of young people interested in aviation and mentor them
to further their aviation education and goals."
Join Aero-TV as Douillard describes her participation in the
project, and how the aviation community has shaped her future.
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