NASA and flying club teaching kids to be pilots

For the first time, NASA teamed up with a local flying club to offer seven teenagers the opportunity of a lifetime.

NASA teamed up with the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club to offers kids the opportunity to fly a plane.

A summer camp that trains children to be pilots accepted seven students in its first year. They spend their days studying for a private pilot exam and learning how to fly.

The students with the best scores on the private pilot knowledge exam could get more lessons and more opportunities to fly solo. At the end of the summer, all seven students passed their exams.

Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club is a Mukilteo-based youth program that promotes STEM through aviation.

Related: Club uses airplanes to encourage young minorities to consider careers in STEM

The camp has especially opened doors for Zuhur Habib, who had never been on an airplane before the program.

“My parents were refugees,” Habib said. “It's like you don't really get these opportunities handed to you.”
Habib’s family escaped Somalia in 1997 where they'd been living in camps because of violence and flooding.

Now, Habib has dreams of joining the Air Force.

“This was special,” Habib said. “This was something I was passionate about, and I wanted to prove I could do it.”

And that’s what this free summer camp is all about – showing young people what’s possible and helping lives take off.

For more information about the camp, which will return next year, and opportunities to explore aviation year-round, email

Copyright 2016 KING


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