Aviation Training Camp
ASHWAUBENON, WI --The next generation of pilots, has the chance to go behind the scenes at Austin Straubel Airport, and get an inside look at a career in aviation.
It's all part of a one day Student Aviation Training Experience Program sponsored by UWGB.
At Austin Straubel Airport, James Alwin is taking it all in.
"I really like to get up and fly and I'm really interested in the executive jets and being a private pilot," said Alwin.
Alwin is one of 14 students taking part in the aviation training camp.
"They may want to be an air traffic controller they may want to be a weather person, they may want to be a police officer regarding security issues in the airports," said instructor Sherwood Williams.
From a classroom setting to some more hands on experience, this one day class will give students a crash course in how a plane works.
Eventually, the goal is to get them up in the air, and learning how to fly.
The kids are training on Cessnas. They're some of the best planes for beginners, because they're some of the easiest to learn how to use.
Academically, sudents figure out what kind of course work they need to take in school: a heavy dose of math and science, so they're prepared for this type of career.
But, in the end, instructor Sherwood Williams, says it's all about getting kids motivated and let them know they can achieve their dreams.
"It's the whole point. It's they can be a pilot or whatever they want to be, or whatever they want in aviation, they can do it," said Williams.
While he may only be 12 years old, Alwin says he knows this is his passion.
"I enjoy being in the air and iIenjoy just the thrill of flying," said Alwin.