Aerospace Flight Academy Offers Chance For Students To
Experience "The Power Of Flight"
More than 40 high school students
from inner-city neighborhoods of Washington, DC visited Kansas
State University at Salina recently, to learn firsthand about the
power of flight.
Students attending the Washington-based Aerospace Flight Academy
Camp arrived in Salina August 5 for the 10-day visit. They learned
to fly some of the 50 learning aircraft in K-State at Salina's
fleet, attended ground school and found out what it takes to
maintain a modern fleet of aircraft.
The camp is for students already interested in aviation and
exposes them to a variety of aviation careers, including piloting,
air traffic control, aircraft mechanics, manufacturing and airport
"This program offers a great opportunity for students to learn
about aviation and experience a college environment," said Heather
Wagoner, event and marketing coordinator for K-State at Salina
Over the past year, the K-State at Salina continuing education
department has been working with a team from Washington, DC to plan
activities and training for the inner-city students.
"This is our second year with the DC Academy and we have some
returning participants," Wagoner said. "We all learned a lot last
year and put together a more involved schedule this year."
While at K-State at Salina, the students lived in the residence
halls, attended college-like classes, toured the Salina Airport
Authority and visited both the Smoky Hill Bison Ranch near
Lindsborg and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in
"We've had great experiences with the DC Academy thus far, and
we look forward to continuing to work with these students in the
future," Wagoner said.
K-State has a fleet of 50 training aircraft and more Master
Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university
in the country. Located on the K-State at Salina campus, the
fastest growing college within K-State offers a well-rounded Big 12
university experience shared by 1,000 students in a high tech