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AVIATION CAMP FOR TEENS TAKES OFF AT LOUISIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT

Allison B. Hudson

Youth ages 15-18 who are interested in aviation can get a first-hand look at a potential career during the 2011 Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp this summer at  Louisiana Regional Airport.

Registration in now under way -- and is limited to 30 students.

The week-long day camp will have sessions  9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 6-9, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 10.

"Campers will get hands-on experience through the course of the week as they preflight an airplane, create flight plans, make radio calls, decode weather and build a model airport,” said Janet Gonzales, Louisiana Regional Airport manager.

Campers will learn about the wide variety of aviation career opportunities, from commercial pilot to airport management. They'll also be introduced to the knowledge needed for the Private Pilot Written Exam.

"The camp staff has been selected from an elite group of college students who are preparing for an aviation career," Gonzales said.

Also, the roster of lunchtime speakers will include commercial and military aviators, air traffic control professionals and representatives from aviation organizations.

ACE Camp is part of a statewide effort to help young people explore aviation. Other camps will take place in DeRidder,  June 13-17; Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, June 20-24; Houma, July 11-15; Ruston, July 18-22; and  Alexandria, July 25-29.

The camp is presented by LaAviator.com, an aviation industry group whose mission is "education, celebration and preservation of aviation across the state of Louisiana." It is supported by the Louisiana Airport Managers Association, the Aviation Division of the state Department of Transportation and Development, the FAA's Baton Rouge Flight Standards District Office and Louisiana Tech’s Professional Aviation Department.

The registration fee is $200. To sign up, or for more information, contact Gonzales at 225-717-2077 or laregional@eatel.net, or visit LaAviator.com and click on the ACE Camp link.