Aviation Summer Camp launches high school students' dreams

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Aviation Summer Camp at Lewis University gives high school students a behind-the-scenes look of aviation field

Published: July 5, 2012.

High school students’ interest soared during the annual Lewis University Aviation Summer Camp on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Participants piloted a small aircraft and trained in a Federal Aviation Administration approved-flight simulator, among other activities.

The students experienced travel with a flight instructor and enjoyed access to the Lewis University fleet of planes. A highlight of the camp’s itinerary is a trip to O’Hare International Airport to experience how one of the nation’s busiest airports operates. Participants took a behind-the scenes tour of the facilities and met staff from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Students also learned about aviation history, meteorology and flight theory from Lewis professors. Bill Brogan, chair of Aviation and Transportation Studies and associate professor, commented, “The aviation camp always conveys a real love and interest in aviation for the participants.” The 1993 Lewis alumnus previously served as Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation, Airport Operations Supervisor for O’Hare International Airport, Chief Airport Operations Supervisor for Midway International Airport and Airport Manager of Merrill C. Meigs Field.

Providing aviation career opportunities in flight management, administration, maintenance, security and air traffic control, Lewis University offers the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. It is the only university aviation program in Illinois with an airport on campus. Lewis University is one of 36 institutions in the country certified by the FAA to offer the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program.

For more information, contact Frank DuBois, director of Aviation and Transportation Studies, at (815) 836-5936 or duboisfr@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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Linda Niedringhaus said:
What a wonderful program! I hope my grandson has an opportunity to attend some day!

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