Most of you that follow me on Bakers Love know that my son Dexter, who now goes by Rex, is an avid aviation buff. I often marvel at his deep knowledge on anything to do with flight. In fact at one time I thought he was full of beans and just talking nonsense and facts that he realized I would never know if he was correct or not. I started to research some of these facts, and sure enough he was spot on. I no longer question his knowledge when it comes to airplane facts.
Recently while he was reading our local paper he found a little blurb about a local aviation group looking for kids who were interested in aviation. The group is giving out a a scholarship for a child to attend what is called EAA Air Academy in Wisconsin. Sounded interesting, and I suggested that Rex fill out all the appropriate paperwork and I would send it off. I actually thought he would miss his deadline and then he would forget about EAA Air Academy. Nope, he even handed me his introductory letter for me to proof read. Oh my, I think this kid is serious!!
I thought I would share the unedited letter that Rex asked me to look at. We will be sending his application in this week, and will be crossing our fingers that he earns the scholarship. Wish him luck!!
Dear , EAA Air Academy
The reason I want to join EAA Air Academy is I love aircraft. I also want to meet kids who have the same interests as me. It also sounds like a whole lot of fun. But mainly it is about learning and making new friends too. Plus I want to see all the aircraft that are there to see.
I have a lot of aviation education and experience to do well in your camp. I memorized an encyclopedia of aircraft and I can tell an F-16 from an F-2. I have flown a Cessna 182 for a total of 5 minutes at an EAA Young Eagles air show. And I made a design of a stealth carrier-based multi-role jet, and showed it to the head of the Navy at Boeing. Plus I never ever get airsickness either, so I think I can do very well in your camp.
I would like to gain more knowledge of aircraft and rotor-craft. I would like to get some more flight time under my belt. I would like to experience flight training for my future, and I want to learn more about how an aircraft engine works. I would like to meet pilots and learn about the life of a pilot. And I would like to try a flight simulator.
Attending EAA Air Academy would prepare me for my dream of becoming a pilot. EAA camp would become part of my history, so I will have a better chance of getting a job with a big airline or a smaller but more luxurious passenger airline with expensive planes, like Delta or Virgin. Or it could prepare me for making my own airline. Or I could be the first man on Mars.
Dexter “Rex” R Charroin