EAA Chapter 932 recently sponsored a Build N Fly program for 10 future aviators ages 8 through 17. Participants built their own model airplane over the winter months, learned about aviation and how airplanes fly, and tested their skills on a flight simulator.
The chapter collaborated with the Chain of Lakes Eagles RC club to provide guidance for the kids to understand the building and flying process. Several members of the Eagles club participated in bi-weekly building and information sessions. Fundamental of flight was taught, along with RC flight techniques and safety procedures. The students and their parents were asked to provide a minimal donation to help with the purchase of the planes, radios, and hardware necessary to build the models. The chapter provided the large percentage of the cost to make the program happen.
Upon completion of building of their own airplanes, the kids then brought their creations to the Chain of Lakes flying field where their planes were checked over to make sure that they were fit for flying, and the kids worked directly with instructors from the club to fly their airplanes. The instructors taught the kids necessary safety and flying skills to allow each plane to make successful flights.
EAA’s mission is to raise interest in young people in all aviation topics, from model airplanes to full scale flight and also careers in aviation in the future. Chapter 932’s effort is to bring kids and adults into the world of aviation at several levels, through Young Eagle flights, various informational and flying programs, and community outreach to raise awareness of the chapter and Galt airport.
As we wish to continue the educational efforts of building and flying model airplanes and other young eagle activities such as introducing flying in full-size airplanes, we will need support. The Build and Fly program will require funding to continue in future events.