Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation’s future. The COPA For Kids Aviation Program is a – free of charge – aviation program that puts COPA member pilots together one-on-one with young people between 8 and 17 years of age to show them what aviation is all about and to give them an experience of being in the cockpit of an aircraft in flight. The participants will experience an enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general.
Participation in the COPA For Kids Aviation Program will help young people understand that a pilot is simply an ordinary individual with special skills developed through training and practice. The participants will learn the technology and science of flight and be shown the advantages of the hard work required to achieve a pilot’s license. Being in the cockpit of a working aircraft in flight will help to de-mystify the art and science of aviation. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. This demonstration flight is completely free.
Participants will experience:
- A chance to examine a working aircraft close up on the ground (static display).
- A short ground school session conducted by a pilot who will explain what the various parts of an aircraft are, what they do and will answer questions about aviation and flying.
- A walk around, preferably conducted on a static display aircraft, to show them how pilots prepare for each flight and to brief them on the safety aspects of their flight.
- A flight in the front seat (if possible) of an aircraft where they will be able to observe all the facets of flight from start-up to take-off to cruising to landing and shut-down. The flying should be conducted one-on-one unless the parent or guardian wishes to accompany the young person and the pilot has room and carrying capacity in his aircraft.
Aviation Program Duration:
- Ground School: about 20 minutes.
- Flight: between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the number of young people to fly, the weather and age of the participant.
- Total experience: 1 1⁄2 to 2 1⁄2 hours, including ground time, registration, and wait time for aircraft and pilots.