Getting kids passionate about flying

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dcfly
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Re: Getting kids passionate about flying

Postby dcfly » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:18 pm

Funny -- this issue just came up in my own flying life.

http://www.randyarmadillo.com/flying/2008/12/nicholas.html

It turns out that the "pat pat pat" comes from the Baby Enstein series of videos for young kids where they fly around in a red jet.
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Re: Getting kids passionate about flying

Postby Soccer-Jock » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:33 pm

I just recently took my 11 year old nephew up for his first flight. All went well. I tried to keep things mild and simple, following the advice of others who introduce kids to flying. I am glad I decided to keep it short. Just about the time we were entering the pattern to conclude our 45 minute flight, it was clear that I hadn't well considered the short attention span! He was bored! (I guess it happens, but I can't imagine how. :D )

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Re: Getting kids passionate about flying

Postby PilotBrad » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:09 pm

dcfly wrote:It turns out that the "pat pat pat" comes from the Baby Enstein series of videos for young kids where they fly around in a red jet.

LOL! My 2-yr old daughter is hooked on the red jet "Rocket", or as she says "Ra-Ra". Every episode she says along with them... pat-pat-pat! We've got Rocket books, Rocket toys, and now Rocket Christmas ornaments. Our friends with kids even introduced us to Rocket milk... Rocket is on the carton. Reminds me of the movie Spaceballs, when Yogurt says "Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made." ;)

Back to the original subject... while not a book, there is a great video called Andy's Airplanes or which they have a preview on their web site. Warning! The theme song is infectious. Everytime I hear it, it plays over and over in my head for days!
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Re: Getting kids passionate about flying

Postby mdpilots » Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:52 pm

It may be a bit of a heavy read, but I read my son Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis when he was 7. Because I was doing the reading, he stayed very interested throughout the whole book. It may not hook everyone on aviation, but my son thought the stories of Lindbergh as an early mail pilot were cool.

The Civil Air Patrol is a great way to get kids into flying. As part of the program, the cadets can take 5 powered and something like 5 glider orientation rides. As a CAP pilot, these orientation rides are my favorite activity.

Greg, your blog entry about Nicholas was really cool!! It's moments like those that remind of us how cool it is that we fly and how we can share that "coolness" with others.

Adam


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