Oklahoma Flight Camp Teaches Kids To Fly In One Week

Thursday, June 23rd 2022, 10:08 am
By: News 9, Tevis Hillis

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -

Kids all across the United States are in Shawnee, Oklahoma this week to learn all the ins and outs of flying.

At the end of the week, they’ll be the taking off in an aircraft alone.

This is a weeklong camp, teaching future pilots aged 16 to 21 years old how to fly a plane solo by the end of the training.

This camp said they’re focusing this year on getting students interested in flying amidst a shortage in pilots.

Not one Baby Boomer will be able to legally fly a commercial aircraft by 2029, leaving the next generation to hop into the pilot's chair.

By the end of the weeklong camp, students will have 10 hours of flight time under their belt.

Camp organizers said this is especially important in getting students interested in flying as the pilot shortage is affecting travel more than ever.

As 12,000 pilot positions remain open, there are a few solutions in the works.

These include more incentives for kids than ever before to become a pilot, like this camp in Shawnee.