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UNT-TCC aviation camp for high schoolers opens for registration

Competing with drone quad copters, calculating fuel needs for a flight plan and the chance to fly a small plane as the aircraft’s co-pilot – these are just a few highlights of an aviation camp designed for high schoolers coming to North Texas. The five-day Aviation Career Education Academy, which runs June 1317, will help teens understand that when it comes to aviation and aerospace careers, the sky’s the limit. Two high school students fly a flight simulator during the 2015 UNT-TCC Aviation Career Education Academy

The camp is a collaboration between the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College that will give students hands-on experience in aviation, while also propelling students to careers in an industry in need of a new crop of professionals.

The general aviation population has been shrinking for years, and many current pilots are closing in on the mandatory retirement age of 65, said Mark Loud, aviation instructor at TCC. 

 “Aviation is facing a serious shortage of pilots in the very near future,” said Loud, noting that technicians to maintain aircraft are also among the needs. “Sadly, most students entering college these days don’t know all the aerospace careers that exist. This camp is a critical part of our efforts to change that and reach out to students in our community.”

A group of students get ready to take flight as the co-pilots of a small aircraft during the 2015 UNT-TCC Aviation Career Education AcademyBoth UNT and TCC offer degree programs in aviation, with TCC offering an associate’s degree in flight or aircraft maintenance, and UNT offering a bachelor’s degree in aviation logistics. This camp outlines the possibilities. 

Campers will spent a week learning the physics of flight, competing with drone quad copters, building model gliders, learning about the design and maintenance of aircraft, practicing with computer flight simulators and flying North Texas’ skies with an experienced flight instructor.

Registration is open to 11th and 12th grade high school students. The camp will primarily take place at Tarrant County College’s Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, located at 2301 Horizon Dr. in Fort Worth. Register online and get details at

-- Monique Bird, News Promotions

Photos courtesy of Tarrant County College

Posted on: Fri 06 May 2016

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