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Student Helps Others Lose Fear of Flight

An 18-year-old high-school student and licensed pilot in Perquimans County, N.C., is helping other young people overcome their fear of flying by teaching them about aviation. Zak Winslow's senior project at Perquimans County High School involves "aerophobia," or fear of flying, and he recently provided a 30-minute presentation about aviation to several aerophobia sufferers to teach them about flight procedures, pilot training, and safety procedures that make air travel safe. "A lot of people who want to fly are scared because they think the plane is going to crash," Winslow says. "It comes down to people's lack of knowledge of airplanes--it's unfamiliar territory." After the presentation, Winslow gave a number of attendees a free ride on an airplane he co-owns, a Piper Cherokee 140. Winslow is planning to attend Elizabeth City State University because it "is the only school in North Carolina with the four-year aviation degree," and he would like to make a career out of flying. One idea he has is to be a crop-duster--the same job done by his graduation project mentor Craig Craft, who owns Craft Airfield in the town of Hertford.

May 26, 2009

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