By AOPA ePublishing staff
Aviation's future depends on the interest of today's young people, and at least one program is bringing the fun and excitement of flying to 12- to 18-year-olds nationwide.
Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA), with extensive involvement from Ohio State University, is divided into nine instructional areas each taught by two volunteer aviation professionals. YAA has more than 100 pilot and adult volunteers who offer their expertise as discussion leaders on topics such as aviation careers, airport operations, aircraft instruments, and more.
AOPA President Phil Boyer was on hand earlier this fall at Clermont County Airport, east of Cincinnati, Ohio, while YAA volunteers trained new recruits from Sporty's Pilot Shop.
YAA plans to offer the program at airports nationally twice a year.
AOPA can also help get young people involved in aviation with resources like PATH— Pilots and Teachers Handbook . This highly educational book for pilots and secondary teachers helps to effectively connect math, science, physics, history, and technology to the basics of general aviation.
November 20, 2007