The Future of Aviation
Posted on Aug 29, 2011
It only takes a moment to spark an interest that could turn into a lifelong passion. Many such moments occurred last Wednesday for nearly 40 Pontiac Public School students who visited Pentastar Aviation during "Aviation Day." The six-hour program, hosted by Pentastar in partnership with the Pontiac Alumni Foundation, gave students a chance to explore career options in the world of aviation as well as take to the skies in a general aviation aircraft - many for the first time. The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Young Eagle pilots provided the lift for the students, often letting the students take the controls and experience piloting an aircraft for the very first time. In addition to flying above their hometown, students met with guest speakers, toured Pentastar facilities and the new Oakland County International Airport air traffic control tower and viewed aircraft and other equipment on static display. After inspiring words from nine guest speakers, extensive tours and taking to the sky with EAA Young Eagle pilots, several students expressed interest in careers in aviation. The highlight of the day was a keynote address by featured speaker Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, USAF (Ret.), one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Students were able to view a T-6 flown in by the Tuskegee Airmen Museum prior to hearing Stewart speak on "taking advantage of opportunities." Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who made this incredible day possible, including: the Civil Air Patrol (Oakland Composite Squadron), the EAA Young Eagles Program, Oakland County International Airport, the Pontiac Alumni Foundation, Project Excel, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Western Michigan University College of Aviation.