Benoit to Address Young Aviators Saturday
THERMAL – Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide opening remarks Saturday at the Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program, a three-week session that will put the high school students on a fast track to receiving a FAA private pilot’s certificate.
The program kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station at 86-625 Airport Blvd. The summer program is free for the 40 to 50 selected high school students.
“These students have a unique and invaluable exposure to careers as pilots, flight crew, airport operators, meteorologists and other aviation professionals,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “As a pilot, I hope they leave inspired to further their education and pursue their dream of a career in aviation.”
The young aviators will receive professional aeronautical and ground training, an official flight time log book, flights, study materials and other supplies.
The program is sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, local aviation groups such as the Civil Air Patrol, Palm Springs Composite Squadron 11 and many volunteers and community donors who joined to organize and fund the first Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program.
The program is still in need of funds to buy supplies, training material, water bottles and volunteers for ground control. To volunteer or donate supplies, call Rafael Sierra at 760-285-3273 or email CVYAEP@gmail.com.