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McAllen, Texas – With a prominent pilot shortage in the U.S., South Texas College’s Continuing Professional and Workforce Education Department will be hosting a Summer Aviation Camp to spark an interest in flying for future pilots.
The four-day camps will take place at the STC Technology Campus in McAllen and is intended for elementary, junior high, and high school students.
The camp will touch on the subjects of remotely piloted vehicles (drones) and flying fundamentals. Junior high and high school participants will take a field trip to the McAllen Airport for a “Hangar Hangout.” The hangout will give participants an opportunity to meet with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified instructor.
Hector Zuniga, owner of McAllen’s Flight Academy says this camp is crucial to begin sparking curiosity about a career in piloting.
“The demand for pilots has never been as high as it is today,” said Zuniga. “The camps are going to be a great opportunity and even more beneficial for the high school level. Those are the ones that will be able to go into a two-year program and take advantage of the demand for pilots that is only growing.”
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate and a pilot wing lapel. The cost of the aviation camps is $150 for the 16-hour course.
Program Developer and Coordinator at South Texas College, Jose Raul Ruiz says summer camps are beneficial for children of all ages.
“Summer camps allow kids to become more independent and self-confident,” said Ruiz. “We believe camps are very important for children as it offers learning opportunities to grow in different areas.”
Elementary aviation camp begins June 18, junior high aviation camp begins June 25, and the high school aviation camp starts July 9. Those interested should register by June 18.
To register for the aviation camp and other classes please call 956-872-3585.