Tamara Bucher was a guest speaker on Wednesday in the Aviation class at Ponca City High School. Bucher is currently the vice-president of the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1046 in Ponca City.
“While working with our Flight Academy students this past summer, I discovered that EAA has an opportunity for students that is quite exciting. Our chapter is looking to host a Young Eagles event where students and their parents sign them up for an introductory flight at no cost to them. After their flight, if they are interested, they can become a student member of EAA and their membership number will unlock an online private pilot curriculum that will lead them to take their written private pilot exam at no cost to the student,” said Bucher.
“EAA Chapter 1046 and the Ponca City Aviation Foundation would love to invite students to come out to the airport and see our set up, which includes flight simulators that they could access,” said Bucher. “We are also wanting to create a monthly class where we can do some hands-on exploration of a variety of aviation aspects, including talking with several of our members who have or are currently building their own aircraft, learn more about general tools used in aviation, visit with current or retired aircraft mechanics, meet current or retired airline pilots, and help them make acquaintances with others in the Kay County area who have aviation and want to help others get into the field.”
Bucher also said the Ponca City Aviation Foundation offers a scholarship for students who would like to go into a career related to aviation. EAA offers a number of scholarships in aviation as well.
Tamara Bucher is pictured with teacher Patricia Jolly.