Aviation camp gives students a chance to fly

SIU Aviation Camp

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - The Summer Wings Aviation Camp, led by SIU's aviation program began the week of June 15-19.

It's a week long camp designed to give high school students interested in flying, a chance to practice.

Students will learn the basics of flight including: history of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, weight and balance, aviation weather reports, preflight aircraft inspection, and radio procedures.

One student said the camp has been beneficial in more ways than one.

"Specifically here at this school," high school senior, Spencer Rubin, said. "Because it allows me to see how they do things and where everything is in a student setting, rather than a tour or group of people setting."

Rubin said although he has flown before, this week he'll be flying more than he ever has and said he's excited.

Instructors say, weather permitting, the seven students of the camp will get the chance to practice flying on Tuesday.

By the end of the week, instructors say the students will also get the chance to fly to Sikeston, Missouri.

Instructors say all flights are conducted under the strict supervision of the department of Aviation Management and Flight faculty members.

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