June 14, 2010
By Alyssa J. Miller
Students ages 13 to 18 can get a taste of the lighter side of aviation this summer. The Balloon Federation of America is hosting summer camps in Michigan and Massachusetts.
During the camps, students will learn about topics including balloon systems, weather, crew safety, ballooning rules and regulations, and more. The camp also will include hands-on activities for the students like balloon tethers, according to the website.
The camps are scheduled for July 18 through 22 at Albion College in Albion, Mich., and Aug. 1 though 4 at Great Barrington Airport in Great Barrington, Mass. The camp costs $395 per child.
“Never before have I seen something involving so much teamwork as crewing a hot air balloon!” wrote Grace McDonald, a 2007 balloon camp participant. In the letter posted on the association’s website, McDonald recalls the aviation history and weather information that she learned from the experience.
The camps aren’t just for students; the organization also is accepting volunteer applications from pilots who want to help with the Michigan event.
The Balloon Federation of America, founded in 1961, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that is dedicated to advancing the sport and science of lighter-than-air aviation.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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