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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Aviation day free to youth

  • Children and teens have the opportunity to learn about aviation at a free, in-depth event.
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  • Children and teens have the opportunity to learn about aviation at a free, in-depth event.
    The Gordon Cooper Technology Center Aviation Campus and the Shawnee Regional Airport will host Youth Aviation Adventure from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Six years ago, Shawnee became the third city to participate in the program, which now spans 28 cities across the country. Assistant airport manager Keenan English listed several featured activities.
    “Twelve different classes that youth 12 to 18 can attend,” English said. “There will be aircraft display, a meteorologist, aviation professionals, Jim Gardner of Sky News 9 will show the kids his helicopter and they will learn about aviation careers.”
    Bill Beck, event coordinator and Commander of Squadron 3, the Shawnee chapter of the program, said classes cover a range of information.
    “They’ll learn all the different things that relate to aviation,” Beck said.
    He said topics include airport control, what happens at an airport, aerodynamics; the physics of a flight, aviation weather; the importance and consequences to aviation, helicopters, civil air control and the actions pilots take before flight.
    “They will participate in a real pre-flight,” Beck said.
    Additional classes encompass a foam plate glider contest and a game-style, buzzer-equipped section titled “Aviation in the Know.” The day includes free breakfast and lunch for registered youth and an airport safety presentation by the Shawnee Fire Department.
    Classrooms are accessible to youth only, though an open house for the career center will have aircraft on display and is open to the public.
    Interested youth must register at www.shawneeairport.com by April 3. English said anyone without computer access could call the airport at 405-878-1633 for assistance.
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