Always Learning

Our members have a strong desire to share the magic of flight and provide an opportunity for our youth to learn more about aviation.

Young Eagle events feature a flight simulator experience, exposure to basic aerodynamics, and an opportunity to talk with, and go flying with, an experienced/qualified pilot.
On top of all this, for 2024 Chapter 526 will interview scholarship applicants and select (2) awardees to attend the one-week EAA Air Academy Basic Camp described below in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Learn more about scholarships for 2024.


Basic Camp

The EAA Basic Air Academy is a one week program and the next exciting step into the fascinating world of aviation.
The EAA Air Academy Lodge pictured is the hub of activity during your childs stay stay in Oshkosh. They will eat, sleep and make new friends here!
The lodge has 12 bunkrooms with four bunks per room and shared bathroom facilities. The lodge also has four special needs accessible suites, each with private bathroom facilities. Each suite is also equipped with four bunks.
Recreational facilities include the Air Academy Lodge library, gazebo with fire pit, volleyball court, slate pool table, foosball, carpet ball, ping-pong, TV/video viewing, and more.

The camp is design for 14-15 year-olds and provides class room instruction, specialized laboratory activities, and aviation-related demonstrations. Activities include:

- Build and fly a simple balsa glider and a rubber-powered model airplanes
- Learn about aviation history and flight.

Ground School
- Learn the basics of flight through an interactive computer simulator ground school by flying designed missions or flying your own mission.

Tech Workshop
- Build an ACRO-Sport Wing Rib, construct an instrument case out of sheet metal, and design an airfoil using composite material. In addition the kids will:

Additional Activities
- Tour the EAA AirVenture Museum
- Visit Pioneer Airport
- Watch flight demonstrations
- Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter.

To learn more about these camps and the overall experience, please visit the EAA Air Academy WEBsite.

EAA Air Academy WEBsite

2023 Basic Camp Awardee

Mason McNeilly - 2023
Ten applications were reviewed by the Chapter selection committee and four applicants were interviewed. It's always difficult to select just one, but Mason stood out from the group and was selected to attend the one-week EAA Basic Camp for 2023.

Above - photos from Mason's trip and to learn more, please take a look at the Chapter 526 SpotLight Article featuring Mason and read about his experience.

Chapter 526 SpotLight Article
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