Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – Local students are reaching new heights this summer, as an annual aviation camp returns to the Panama City Beach area in June.
Island Air Express, a local flight training company, is running “AeroCamp” for middle and high school students June 7-11 at their facilities near SheltAir and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Island Air Express owner Ronald Jarmon said on Wednesday it was a program to make math and science attractive to students.
“The goal is to get kids interested in STEM,” Jarmon said. “We also use a lot of math and engineering, which will definitely expand their skills.”
He said the camp includes learning flight physics and aircraft basics as well as runway dynamics on both the private airstrip and ECP’s commercial runway. In addition to the virtual flight simulation demonstrations, Jarmon said there will be several site visits around the airport to share the world of aviation with campers, partnering with the airport to make it happen.
“Aviation is not just about flying, but there are other entities in aviation when it comes to maintenance, police, firefighters, so that’s a lot,” he said. “It’s like a small town apart.”
ECP Executive Director Parker McClellan said the airport was delighted to help bring “AeroCamp” up again, as they have done in recent years. He said that presenting the aviation industry to students can show them promising new career opportunities available locally.
“We have a lot of different things that people don’t see every day,” McClellan said. “We love being able to share these things and somehow make a difference in the community.”
Jarmon said he saw the difference firsthand, as many kids who have attended AeroCamp in the past want to come back for more.
“On average, about ten children will come back and say, ‘Here I want to do something in aviation,’ he said. “This experience lasts a lifetime.”
There will be 20 open places for AeroCamp, available on a first come, first served basis.
More information on camp costs and registration details can be found by Click here; Jarmon said COVID-19 precautions will be in place throughout the experiment.
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