EAA Chapter 1373

Lane at EAA Air Academy 2013

My name is Lane Mangum and I attended the EAA Young Eagles basic camp for 14 - 15 year olds in Oshkosh, WI. from July 15th to July 20th. My young eagles chapter sent me expenses paid and I couldn't be more thankful for that. It truly meant the world to me that they believed in me enough to help send me to this camp. My family and I would've never been able to afford something like this without the chapters help and for that I'm so grateful. I had such a wonderful time and learned so many great things. The camp definitely has even increased my motivation and desire to one day become a pilot. I know with the help and support of the Young Eagles I will just continue to learn and grow and make my dreams come true.
I learned a lot at the academy. Some of my most memorable moments include my flight training flight. I got to fly for 30 min and in my flight I got to do steep turns, stalls, positive and negative G flying, and just a great overview of the basics of flying. I also got to work with hotwire cutting to build a foam airfoil. I enjoyed this very much and learned a lot about it. I'm hoping to be able to do this at home one day. I also got to go through ground school which was great because I learned a lot about flight planning and what it takes to become a pilot. I also got to go on a helicopter flight. It was amazing and I only wish it had been longer. Flying in the helicopter has also increased my interest in possibly training to fly those one day. I also got to build a instrument and wing rib. This was really cool because I learned about shaping aluminum and how a wing rib looks and how they are put together. Last but not least my other favorite thing I did at the academy was visit the EAA Aviation museum. It was incredible and there were so many planes to look at and so much history to learn about flight. I did so many more fun things, but those were my favorite. The people at the academy were just wonderful and taught me so much. They were kind and the camp people tried to make everything feel like home and took really great care of all of us. I hope I can go back again one day. The 16-18 year old camp sounds amazing. There is more flight training and teachings in it and I know I'd love it so much. I'm so thankful to my Young Eagles chapter for giving me this opportunity and helping me reach my goals and dreams to become a pilot. Sincerely, Lane Mangum

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