Tue, Jun 02, 2009
AirFEST Supports Aviation Academy
When visitors to the AirFEST Air Show in Janesville, Wisconsin
plunk down their money for a ticket, they're helping fund a program
that helps high school students earn a pilots' license.
The Wisconsin Aviation Academy is
funded primarily through proceeds from the AirFEST show, according
to a report on WISC-TV's "Channel 3000". the program, perhaps the
only one of its kind in the country, combines academics and flying,
and until recently was free for students said Tom Morgan, Southern
Wisconsin AirFEST founder and director.
Morgan started the academy in 2001. In a biography provided to
the Janesville Kiwanis Club for a speaking engagement, The idea
came from a program in 1995 where low income youth were given the
opportunity to not only fly an airplane but be paid to participate.
Because they were paid they needed to follow strict guidelines to
remain in the program. The Academy now offers Private, Instrument,
and CFII ratings to students.
The Academy, headquartered at the Southern Wisconsin Regional
Airpark in Janesville, is in danger of losing its funding,
according to the TV report. Officials said they hoped that the
proceeds from this year's AirFEST would be enough to continue to
offer the program at no cost.
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