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Sarasota Bradenton Airport

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Young Eagles

For more than 10 years we in Chapter 180 have been giving young people their very first ride in an airplane.  If you or a youngster you know wants to experience the thrill, spectacle and beauty of flying for the first time visit our Young Eagles page and find out all about how.

HomeY/E EAA Air Academy, Camps & Overnights

EAA  Air  Academy,   Camps  &  Overnights   for  Young  Eagles

         
EAA's Air Academy summer camp programs have been recognized by MSN Money as one of 10 nationwide summer camps that are "worth the money," the website announced this week. Camps were chosen for not only keeping young people busy during the summer, but giving them a chance to develop passions and expand their horizons.

Since 1984, the Air Academy's week-long series of camps have been designed to immerse young people ages 12-18 in the world of aviation.

Campers are engaged through a variety of hands-on activities while staying at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh.   Experienced aviation instructors help them delve into flight through studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities.

"Kids will explore aviation through technical and learning classrooms, as well as hands-on experiences that give them life skills," said Bob Campbell, EAA director of museum and museum education.   "The camps are a week of nonstop excitement where fun and discovery combine for an experience that young people can find nowhere else."

Twelve- to 13-year-olds are introduced to flight in the EAA Young Eagles Camp through small group activities taught by expert camp counselors. The EAA Basic Air Academy takes things to the next level, incorporating more hands-on projects and demonstrations for kids ages 14-15.

Introductory recreation flight experiences highlight the action-packed EAA Advanced Air Academy camp for 16- to 18-year-olds and gives students full access to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh action throughout the week. Sessions for 2013 are currently full; any additional applicants will be added to a waiting list and notified on a first-come, first-served basis if a spot opens.

A new camp added this summer is the EAA Advanced Air Academy/SportAir, for kids ages 16-19. This camps places a strong emphasis on aircraft construction, primarily composite and fabric techniques.


Visit   www.AirAcademy.org to learn more and/or please call Chip Miller, Young Eagles Coordinator for EAA180 at 941-356-0591. 
Everyone is welcome.        
  
 

Young Eagles Camp

Basics of flight are presented in a “science camp” format that is a unique combination of fun and discovery.

  

For ages 12 and 13

Session 1: June 23-27, 2014
Session 2: June 29-July 3, 2014

Fee: $755

Apply Today

Need financial assistance?
Apply for an EAA Air Academy Campership


The EAA Young Eagles Camp is designed as an introduction to the wonderful world of aviation. This program will use small group activities and close counselor relationships to present the basics of flight in a "science camp" format that is a unique combination of fun and discovery.

Activities at the EAA Young Eagles Camp are designed to interest and challenge 12 and 13 year olds and include activities such as:

 

Airplane Wing Construction - Learn the intricacies of a fabricated wing by building a wing rib.

 

Aeromodeling - Build and fly a simple balsa glider and a rubber powered model.

 

Ground School - Learn the basics of flight through an interactive computer simulator ground school. Fly designed missions or create and fly your own mission.

 

Airplanes - Learn about aviation history and flight.

  • Tour the EAA AirVenture Museum
  • Visit Pioneer Airport
  • Watch flight demonstrations
  • Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter

 

Basic Camp

Take the next step with interesting and challenging hands-on activities developed for intermediate students.

   

For ages 14 and 15

Session 1: July 7-12, 2014
Session 2:
July 14-19, 2014

Fee: $1,005

Apply Today

Need financial assistance?
Apply for an EAA Air Academy Campership


The EAA Basic Air Academy is the next exciting step through the world of aviation.

  

Each "hands-on" activity is developed for the intermediate 14- and 15-year-olds during a classroom and media presentation, specialized laboratory activities, and aviation-related demonstrations.

 

Activities at the EAA Basic Air Academy are designed to interest and challenge students and include such activities as:

 

Airplane Wing Construction - Learn the intricacies of a fabricated wing by building an ACRO-Sport Wing Rib.

 

Aeromodeling - Build and fly a simple balsa glider and a rubber-powered model.

 

Rocketry - Learn how model rockets are flown and controlled’ build and fly a model rocket; and launch, record data, and recover model rockets.

 

Ground School - Learn the basics of flight through an interactive computer simulator ground school. Fly designed missions or create and fly your own mission.

 

Airplanes - Learn about aviation history and flight.

  • Tour the EAA AirVenture Museum
  • Visit Pioneer Airport
  • Watch flight demonstrations
  • Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter

 

Advanced Camp

Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this action-packed camp.

  

For ages 16, 17, and 18

Session 1: July 22-30, 2014
Session 2:
August 1-9, 2014

Fee: $1,260

Apply Today

Need financial assistance?
Apply for an EAA Air Academy Campership


The EAA Advanced Air Academy provides an atmosphere for mature students to become totally immersed in the world of flight. Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this meaningful, action-packed camp.

 

It combines "in-the-air" and "on-the-ground" hands-on activities.

  

The EAA Advanced Air Academy also includes full participation (access to forums, flightline and all associated activities) in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world's premier aviation event!

 

Flight Training Ground School

  • Fundamentals of flight science
  • Aircraft systems
  • Aircraft preflight
  • Flight controls and systems
  • Weather
  • Aerial navigation
  • Flight training requirements

Aircraft Construction, Restoration and Maintenance Skills

  • Welding
  • Sheet metal work
  • Fabric covering
  • Composite fabrication
  • Aeromodeling and woodworking

Airplanes - Learn about aviation history and flight

  • Tour the EAA AirVenture Museum
  • Fly EAA's flight simulators
  • Visit Pioneer Airport
  • Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter
  • An academic study of the history and technologies of aviation presented in the Buehler Leadership Center at the EAA Aviation Center.
  • Workshop experiences, including an introduction to many of the skills required for the construction, restoration and maintenance of aircraft. This is accomplished in workstations by working with aircraft parts, the construction of full size aircraft components and Aeromodeling projects.
  • EAA AirVenture will provide an exciting element to the Academy program. The forums, workshops, exhibits, aircraft, and air shows provide an aviation and personal experience without equal.
  • Special activities may include field trips to area aviation facilities are also included to familiarize participants with a wide segment of the aviation community and its activities.
  
 

Advanced / SportAir

Become immersed in the world of flight with the main emphasis on aircraft construction, primarily composite and fabric techniques.

  

For ages 16, 17, 18, and 19

Session: August 11-17, 2014

Fee: $1,125

Apply Today

Need financial assistance?
Apply for an EAA Air Academy Campership


The EAA Advanced Air Academy / SportAir Camp provides an opportunity for mature students to become totally immersed in the world of flight with the main emphasis on aircraft construction, primarily composite and fabric techniques.

  

Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this meaningful, action-packed camp. It combines "in-the-air" and "on-the-ground" hands-on activities.

  

Activities at the EAA Air Academy Advance / SportAir Camp are designed to interest and challenge 16 to 19 year olds and include such activities as:

 

Composite Construction

This camp will present basic composite building techniques and "hands-on" applications in the workshop discussing tools needed, safety aspects of composites, moldless construction to include "hot-wiring", bonding methods for composite kitplanes, etc.

  

A large amount of time will be spent learning the basics of composite construction.

 

A thorough discussion of what comprises a composite to include various cores, reinforcement materials, and resins will be given. Fillers and their applications are discussed. This course presents the safety issues involved with this type of construction. The camp concentrates largely on epoxies and their use in aircraft projects.

 

This camp is very in-depth in its scope. A high degree of confidence in the composite area will be gained by the end of the two-day period. The class includes all materials and a very concise and informative workbook along with a completion certificate to proudly display.

 

Fabric Covering

 

This camp will present general fabric covering techniques using the Poly Fiber covering process. Other covering processes are covered in general form.

The camp is designed to present the methods of covering in discussion form followed immediately by practical hands on experience for each step. The students actually cover an aileron from the preparation stage all the way through the completion of spraying on colors.

 

The course is concluded with a repair of the just completed aileron. At the completion of the camp you will have the confidence and skills necessary to cover your airplane.

 

The majority of the course is hands on practical experience. You make your mistakes on our aileron not on your airplane.

 

Flight Training Ground School

  • Fundamentals of flight science
  • Aircraft systems
  • Aircraft preflight
  • Flight controls and systems
  • Weather
  • Aerial navigation
  • Flight training requirements

Airplanes - Learn about aviation history and flight

  • Tour the EAA AirVenture Museum
  • Fly EAA's flight simulators
  • Visit Pioneer Airport
  • Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter
  
  

For More Information about camps and accommodations

Learn more about Air Academy camps, accommodations, logistics, and more by clicking here:  Click here for more info about EAA Air Academy Camps

 Air Academy Lodge

The Air Academy Lodge is the hub of activity during your stay at in Oshkosh. You’ll eat, sleep and make new friends here!

  

The lodge has 12 bunkrooms with four bunks per room and shared bathroom facilities.

  

The lodge also has four special needs accessible suites, each with private bathroom facilities. Each suite is also equipped with four bunks.

 

Recreational facilities include the Air Academy Lodge library, gazebo with fire pit, volleyball court, slate pool table, foosball, carpet ball, ping-pong, TV/video viewing, and more.

 

The Air Academy Lodge will add to the unique and memorable adventure you’ll have at the Air Academy.

    
  

Air Academy Camperships

Need financial assistance?

  

Apply to receive an EAA Air Academy campership.

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