Aviation Class

Following an amazing first year, the Joseph Aviation class is setting out for even more success. Last year, our class consisted of 14 students who focussed on expanding their knowledge of the possibilities through aviation, constructing and flying RC airplanes, refurbishing their flight simulator, and participating in the GAMA/Build A Plane project.

We continued our enthusiasm for aviation by volunteering at two local aviation events during the summer. On July 10th, we helped welcome the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Tour to the Joseph Airport. Five students (Steven Beckman, TJ Grote, Kade Kilgore, Kai Oliver, and Kana Oliver) served 200 people at the BBQ dinner at the end of the event. In return for our efforts, four pilots from Puget Sound gave the students a free hour of official flight time (valued at $150 each). This was a great introduction to flight for us.

Our second volunteer activity was the Annual Wallowa County Fly-In. At this event, we manned an Educational Display focussing on the first year of the aviation class. We also took the simulator to the airport and allowed people of all ages to try piloting a virtual airplane.

Already, the second year of Joseph Charter School’s Aviation Class is in full swing. We are cracking down on the new AOPA curriculum. One of the seniors, Annie Story, is working to earn a grant worth up to $500,000 for the community and school. The largest project will be constructing a Zenith Zodiac CH601 XL.

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