Thirty teens participate in aviation adventure |

Thirty teens participate in aviation adventure

by Scott Neuffer

Shannon LitzPeyton Hedwall, 13, tries out his paper airplane at the Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday morning.

Thirty teenagers took an interest in flight and associated disciplines during the Minden-Tahoe Airport’s first Youth Aviation Adventure on Saturday.

“We wanted to reach out to youth,” explained Linda Mae Draper-Hivert, president of the airport’s Sport Aviation Foundation. “The night before, it snowed, tremendously snowed, but they all came, they all registered and picked up their packets ahead of time. Some came as far away as Sparks and Dayton.”

The five-hour program was divided into several instructional areas, including aerodynamics, preflight inspection, propulsion systems, airport operations and instruments, among others, with a host of pilots contributing to instruction.

The program also fulfilled the requirements for the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge.

Draper-Hivert said the students were engaged in presentations and displays, from the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada, focused on space aviation, to gliders and helicopters.

“Twenty-seven out of 30 kids said they were more interested in aviation after attending the program,” she said. “Many are interested in aviation careers.”

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The next YAA will be in May, though a specific date has not been scheduled. Draper-Hivert said the spring event will be administered through the Douglas County School District.

“It’s a great program,” she added.

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