The Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Center of Oshkosh, Wis., recently announced that Tyler Lewis of Cottonwood has been accepted to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy 2015.
Tyler attended the Basic Air Academy last year and is honored to return to the Advanced Academy.
The EAA Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.
Tyler, now a junior at Mingus Union High School and a member of the National Honor Society, became an aviation enthusiast at the age of 12 when he joined the EAA Young Eagles Program.
Recently turning 16, he is a student pilot with instructor Capt. Ed Kalabus of Prescott, has soloed and is anxiously awaiting his 17th birthday when he will at last fulfill his dream of becoming a private pilot.
He will join many other young people, ages 16-18 in this EAA aviation program. Several days of the Academy take place during the world's largest and most exciting aviation event - EAA AirVenture 2015.
Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.
Academy activities will include flight experience, workshops, and classroom study. EAA's Director of Museum & Museum Education, Bob Campbell says, "The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship.
"More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves. The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience ... and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime."