Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017
EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. – Thunderbird Aviation, located at Flying Cloud Airport and Crystal Airport in the Twin Cities, has been hosting its Young Flyers Summer Camp since 1990 for youth between the ages of 10 and 15.
There are multiple sessions each summer for four days each, running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The camp is held in June and August at Flying Cloud Airport, and in July at Crystal Airport.
The camp is designed for youth who want more than an introductory flight, and who are interested in becoming pilots.
Students receive ground school, flight training with certified flight instructors, and two hours of flight time.
Topics include navigation, weather, aerodynamics, aircraft systems and regulations.
Each student has the opportunity to fly everyday and ride along with other students with a flight instructor to observe.
Tours of the airport and air traffic control tower are included to expose the campers to a variety of career opportunities.
This year, Thunderbird Aviation involved 25 students in three different sessions.