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January 18, 2011 > Air Academy scholarships available

Air Academy scholarships available

Aviation-oriented summer camp for summer 2011

Submitted By Paul Buenrostro

The 47th annual Hayward Air Rally, the oldest proficiency flying event in North America, is funding three scholarships for students, aged 16 to 18, for the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Air Academy's summer 2011 program.

The Air Academy is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is an aviation-oriented, residential summer camp for students to develop and explore their interest in aviation. This unique opportunity will take their interest in aviation to the next level. The participants explore the world of flight through aviation studies taught by first-class aviation instructors. Hands-on activities and flight simulation are some of the many exciting experiences students can enjoy. The camp's highlight is a flight in a real airplane. The Air Academy lays the foundation for a life-long love of aviation and is an opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.

The scholarships, which cover the costs of camp tuition and round-trip commercial air transportation, are available to students living in and around the cities of Hayward, CA; Redding, CA; and Bend OR. One applicant from each of the three cities will be selected through a competitive screening process. Application packets can be downloaded from www.hwdairrally.org/scholarship/index.html and should be completed and postmarked on or before March 1, 2011.

The annual Air Rally, which was founded by the Mayor of Hayward in 1964, is staged by non-profit Hayward Air Rally, Inc. The next event will be conducted on June 10-11, 2011, starting at Hayward Executive Airport and continuing over a challenging and competitive route through Redding, CA, with an ultimate destination of Bend, OR. Last year's champions were David Hindi and Jeff Zalewski, both of San Jose, flying in a Cessna 172; they are expected to return this year to defend their title against an estimated entry field of 40 aircraft and crews from various locations in the western states.

For more information about the Hayward Air Rally, visit www.hwdairrally.org or email publicity@hwdairrally.org.

For more information about the EAA Air Academy, call (888) 322-3229 or visit www.eaa.org/airacademy.

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