Kansas Aviation Camp gives youth opportunity to soar the skies

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Lawrence Municipal Airport Aviation Advisory Board, the Jayhawk Model Masters and the Northeast Kansas 99’s Women Pilots are hosting a youth camp offering introduction to area middle school students on the fundamentals of flight.

The camp is being held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Lawrence Municipal Airport, 1930 North Airport Rd., and is open to children 12 years-old to 15 years-old.

Students will learn about piloting as a career and what it takes to become a pilot. They will also learn about the physics of flight, as well as weight and balancing a plane and the procedures pilots follow in their pre-flight checklist. Cost is $25 and includes all instructional material, a camp t-shirt, graduation pizza party and the highlight of the camp – a15-20 minute discovery flight of Lawrence.  The camp is open to the first 40 participants and is open on a first-come/first serve basis.

Registration can be done online at http://lprd.org/activity?n=325100  or at any Parks and Recreation facility, including: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. or the Administrative Offices, 1141 Massachusetts St.

For more information on the event, contact Duane Peterson, special events supervisor, at (785) 832-7940.