Registration deadline looms May 15 for MTSU aerospace camps

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In this June 2014 file photo, Ethan Scott, 16, now a rising senior at Ensworth High School in Nashville, studies the instrument panel in the MTSU Diamond DA-40 four-seat plane as senior and flight instructor Alex Arcamuzi makes final preparations for the flight during the MTSU aviation summer camp. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

The deadline is nearing for students in grades eight through 12 to be registered for the MTSU Introduction to Aviation and Professional Pilot Advanced Camps.

Registration must be in or postmarked by Friday, May 15, said camp Director Wendy Beckman, a Department of Aerospace professor. To access the camp registration form, visit

The camps will be held June 1-5 for the introduction camp at both the Jean A. Jack Flight Education Center at Murfreesboro Airport and in the Business and Aerospace Building on campus and June 15-17 for the advanced camp at the airport. The introductory camp introduces rising eighth- through 12th-graders to all aspects of aviation in the introduction to aviation camp and an opportunity of three days of flight-oriented instruction in the professional pilot advanced camp.


"The introduction to aviation camp exposes young people to possible career paths in aviation," Beckman said. "While we have a great time, it is an educational camp. We are doing lots of educational, hands-on activities."

The activities include unmanned aerials systems, pro pilot, flight simulators, maintenance management and the air traffic control and technology laboratories.


The intro class culminates in a flight on one of the university's Diamond DA-40 glass cockpit aircraft, the same planes used in the advanced camp.

The fee to attend the introduction to aviation camp is $380 for 30 hours of nonstop aviation activities. The fee range for the pro pilot advanced camp is $575 to include 1.5 hours of flight time or $775 for 2.5 hours of flight time.

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