WMU News

Youngsters learn how to fly

Sept. 18, 2002

KALAMAZOO --WMU's College of Aviation will serve as host to some 35 physically challenged youngsters from the Doris Claussen Center in Battle Creek for a day of aviation education from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The students will take part in the Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, an organization that has offered flight experiences to more than 4,000 disadvantaged and disabled children. The program is an affiliate program of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The daylong event at WMU is being coordinated by Jack Lewis, a disabled pilot who is the Michigan coordinator for Challenge Air, as well as officials from the regional office of the Federal Aviation Administration and personnel from the WMU College of Aviation.

Students attending will learn about navigation, the parts of an airplane, rockets and the college's 747. Those who wish to fly will have an opportunity to go for a ride in one of Challenge Air for Kids' aircraft.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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