Students enjoy aviation day at airport

Crew members for PHI Air Medical Helicopter talk to students at Calhoun Air Center's Kid's Aviation Day.
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More than 315 students from Travis Middle School and Seadrift School visited Calhoun County Airport's annual Kid's Aviation Day in May.

"The kids were exposed to so many benefits that airports offer - from emergency transport to economic impact on the community," said Dianna Stanger, Calhoun County Airport manager. "It's always my favorite day of the year. The kids' interest inspires us do bigger, better events each year."

The students rotated to 16 different stations including the National Weather Service, Cessna 172 and a flight simulator.

"This year, we were able to give the children of Calhoun County the most comprehensive aviation experience yet. We had more volunteers at more stations than any year prior," said Steve Plunkett, fixed base operator manager.

The day is made possible by a group of pilots eager to share their passion for flying and their knowledge with the students.

The students were able to sit in the aircraft and learn first hand about the principles of flight and aircraft operations.

"It was fun watching them get in the helicopter, try on headsets and pretend to fly - definitely have some young aviators in the making," said Chief Flight Instructor-Rotocraft, Toni McCarthy.

In addition, the students received a take-home bags that contained various pilot magazines, pens, pencils, rulers, bookmarks, posters, interactive CDs and more.

This marks the fourth year that Calhoun Air Center has coordinated the field trip. The have introduced more than 1,250 students to the careers in aviation available to them.