Free Camp Gives Teens Flight into Aviation
March 22, 2019
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  • Aviation Camps of the Carolinas is offering two opportunities for middle and high school students to explore careers in aviation, both flying and ground support. 

    The aviation career camps will be held April 16 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and June 25 at the Monroe Executive Airport in Monroe.

    The camp was created by the first female African-American pilot in the U.S. Navy, Brenda Robinson.

    “Before I stepped into an air traffic control tower, I didn’t even know it existed,” said Robinson. “One minute after I arrived in that tower, I knew that was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”

    Robinson’s goal is to expose the students to the many supporting career opportunities in aviation that people may be unaware of.

    “I want the students to see careers that they never even knew existed,” said Robinson.

    In addition to learning about aviation, the camp curriculum will cover tips and tricks to help teens soar past the adolescence growing pains of shyness, bullying and fear, and focus on discovering values in self-worth, dignity and leadership.

    Aviation Camps of the Carolinas is a nonprofit designed to inspire, encourage and mentor youth to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

    “You don’t have to be good in math and science to get into aviation,” said Robinson. “We teach you everything you need to know. We feed it to you through a fire hose, so you have to come prepared to work.”

    Any students interested in receiving free admission to the aviation camps, must register by April 5.

    For registration information, visit