2015 "Inspiring Youth to Fly" Report
Activities By: UFO & Brookings Flying Club Members
Aviation Scholarship Fund Raising:
Each year the Brookings Flying Club sponsors Airport Day at BOK where they fly the public in their own planes to raise money for their Aviation Scholarship Fund. The Fund is used to encourage local High School students to decide on a career in aviation. The club raised $2,900 on May 24 2015 by flying about 145 paying passengers plus 30 students, interested in aviation, free.
Scholarship donors are being loaded for a flight.
Airplane Parade Float
To attract the public to the fund raising event, the Brookings Flying Club built an airplane parade float for the Azalea Festival Parade on May 23, 2015.
UFO member Warren Glaze picked up a non airworthy aircraft in Boise, Idaho.
Brookings Flying Club members Alan Nidiffer, Bill Coons, Mei Tang, Chris and Vicky Mankey and Dan Harrison built the parade float.
Float attracts scholarship donors to Airport Day event.
School Career Fair and High School Presentation
To describe the opportunities for a career in aviation to students at a school Career Fair and to inform Senior High School students about the BFC Aviation Scholarship Fund, BFC members put on an aviation oriented display at the Career Fair and spoke to most of the Senior Students at the Brookings/Harbor High School.
BFC members Dave Homes, Bruce Greene, Lee Garvin, UFO member Warren Glaze and Chris Scott at School Career Fair
BFC members discuss aviation careers with students.
Students take turns at simulator.
Bruce Greene demonstrates Air Traffic Control at airports.
Career pilots Caleb Lesher, Tom Moore, ATC operator Bill Hoskinson, UFO member Warren Glaze and Dave Homes speak to High School Seniors about entering a career in aviation.
“Inspiring Youth to Fly’ – A Very Important Goal
The aviation industry is in dire need of personnel to fill the uniforms of the retired like ourselves, according to many reports. One of Boeing’s concerns is that they are building aircraft faster than the industry will find crew to operate them. Embry Riddle’s research reveals that in the next ten years 14,000 ATC employees will retire, and the airlines are expecting to have to hire over 20,000 pilots before 2020.
It was appropriate and insightful for the founders of our UFO to make “Inspiring Youth to Fly” one of our goals. It is hoped the above report will generate enough interest in this important goal that other UFO members will add to the efforts of most every other major Aviation Organization and enjoy this rewarding activity. We then will be giving back to the industry some of the satisfaction we have received.