Another TASC is in the books and Airpark pilot volunteers had a great time once again, giving air experience flights to 24 young people who attended this year.
As before, we started with a safety briefing in Courtenay before launching for Gillies Bay with our group of five aircraft, ready to begin at 1000 the 15 minutes of local flying each of the young people would receive. The operation went smoothly , in large part due to the excellent work by our ground coordinator Martin as well as by the planning and effort by Sheila McFarland (TASC I/C) and her volunteers. All flying was completed by noon, followed by lunch and social interaction with the TASC students and staff.
Weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our Texada visit and the chance to top off the camp experience for the students with a real-life flight. Certainly, no one expects them all to become pilots, aircraft technicians or air traffic controllers but they already have shown some interest in aviation in attending the camp and these flight might just be the spark that starts someone onto an aviation-related career!
Thanks to Martin for coordinating the operation and to Marisa for conducting the Q&A sessions. Special thanks to the pilots, Richard, Karl, Duane & Sylvain for donating their time, aircraft and fuel.
If you are reading this and know of a young person who would be interested in attending the Texada Aerospace Camp next year, the link below provides detailed information. Note that the TASC is already half -booked for 2024!
Texada Aerospace Camp
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