Summer at flight camp

July 7, 2009 5:18:15 PM PDT
For some Bucks County kids this is the sound of summer, as they spend a week in flight camp, learning about airplanes and aeronautics. Council Rock High School physics teacher Joe Warwick started the camp four years ago, inspired by a student.

"Years ago I had a young man win the entire Bucks County science fair doing a study with remote control airplanes. He went on to Columbia University to study physics and he's now a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania," said Joe Warwick, camp founder.

The camp runs all week and costs $325.

For that, the 17 campers get to build and fly gliders, rockets and some serious model planes, as well as log time on flight simulators.

"I learned about some of the physics of flying, parts of the airplane, how the air moving over the wings creates lift," said 6th grader Griffin Della Grotte.

Tuesday featured a special treat: local flight enthusiasts staging an air show, proving this hobby can be a lifelong delight.

"Some of the gentlemen here this is a very large hobby for them. They can spend anywhere from $300 to $30,000 on one of the models. But it's a great atmosphere."

The campers aren't going to get to take one of these big boys home. They can get up to 200 miles per hour. But they will leave camp with a rocket, a glider and a prop plane.

Some of the campers are rethinking their futures.

"First I was thinking about being a lawyer, maybe a doctor. But I guess that a pilot seems cool, I'm starting to think of that a bit," said 7th grader Tanya Kumar.

Not bad, the idea of going to work every day in the great blue yonder.

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