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December 16, 2009 > EAA Air Academy

EAA Air Academy

Submitted By Chris Verbil

What is the EAA Air Academy?
Each summer, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Aviation Foundation's Air Academy offers young people aged 12 - 18 years the chance to learn about aviation.

The EAA Air Academy is a unique summer camp that takes a young interest in aviation to the next level. Participants spend a week at the Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, immersed in the thrilling world of aviation. Top-notch aviation instructors help explore the world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on activities, flight simulation and many other exciting experiences. The highlight of the week is a flight in a real airplane! These camps provide the foundation for a life-long love of aviation and the opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.

From the moment a student arrives, the sky is the goal as a dynamic aviation experience unfolds and close friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts form. All camps are conducted at the EAA Leadership Center in Oshkosh, with the residential portion of the program at the impressive Air Academy Lodge.

The Hayward Air Rally will award two EAA AirAdventure Scholarships to Hayward residents, one for each of the following camps:

The Basic Air Academy (ages 14 - 15 years) is an exciting step into the world of aviation. Each hands-on activity is developed during a classroom and media presentation, specialized laboratory activities and aviation-related demonstrations. Activities include aero-modeling, rocketry, history of aviation and flight, flying flight simulators and experience of the thrill of flight in both airplane and helicopter.

The Advanced Air Academy (ages 16 - 18 years) provides an atmosphere where mature students become totally immersed in the world of flight. Ground instruction and introductory flight experiences highlight this action-packed camp, combining in-the-air and on-the-ground activities. The EAA Advanced Air Academy also includes full participation in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - the world's premier aviation event.

The Air Academy Lodge is a 56-bed facility complete with great room, kitchen, dining room, computer room, conference space, flight simulation lab and recreational facilities. The 2010 dates for the Basic Academy are June 26 to July 1; July 5 to July 10; and July 12 to July 17. Advanced Air Academy dates are July 20 to July 28, and July 30 to August 7. For more information about the Air Academy, visit www.youngeagles.org/programs/airacademy

What is the Hayward Air Rally?
The Hayward Air Rally, Inc. is a charitable non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to aviation safety. The primary activity is an annual proficiency, cross-country flight competition. This year the Air Rally Committee will sponsor two exceptional youths to attend separate EAA Air Academy Camps. The Air Rally will pay all transportation, tuition and room and board expenses for the successful scholarship applicants. For more information about the Hayward Air Rally, visit www.hwdairrally.org. The scholarship application form will be available online at the Rally's website from January 1, 2010. For other questions, contact EAAproject@hwdairrally.org

Scholarship Application Process
Eligible applicants: City of Hayward resident students between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, by the first day of the camp.

Complete a written application, including essay and references by March 31, 2010. Selection of the winning candidates will be based on the evaluation of application materials and appropriate follow-up by Hayward Air Rally volunteers. The selection of the two scholarship winners, and an alternate for each camp, will be made by April 30, 2010.

The application packet will be available for download starting January 1, 2010 from www.hwdairrally.org

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