Northampton middle school students take flight

Do you remember the excitement of your first flight? Can you imagine what it must have felt like if you were in middle school when it happened?

Stories like this one are so inspiring for pilot schools in Colorado. Independence Aviation loves when communities get involved with the education of youth – especially when they’re allowed to explore their passion in aviation and flying.

http://wwlp.com/2017/04/24/northampton-middle-school-students-getting-early-intro-to-aviation/Northampton middle school students take flight | WWLP.com NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Dreams took flight for 17 students at Northampton Airport Monday morning. For ten weeks, the select 8th graders from JFK Middle School in Northampton learned about aviation in an after school program known as Northampton Airport Wright Flight.

The program is now in its 6th year and is also offered at schools in Chicopee and Springfield. For one hour after school each week, students learn about plane manufacturing and flying. They also toured Barnes Airport Control Tower as well as Advance Manufacturing in Westfield and Gulfstream in Westfield.

Students paired up, and like any trained pilot, they began with pre-flight inspections.

Then, with the help of an instructor, one student pilot took off from Northampton and landed at Orange Airport. Then it was their partner’s turn to fly home.

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