The Ada City School District has partnered with members of
Ada 's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to develop and implement an
aviation program for students in Grades 6-12.
On March 8th, the District kicked off the program with an assembly for
high school students which included remarks from Superintendent, Mike
Anderson, Ada City Manager, Cody
Holcomb, former Southwest Airlines
pilot, Bill Bailey, and GAMI CEO, Tim Roehl.
Students were made aware of the importance of an airport to
the local economy as well as to the plans for new development at the Ada
Regional Airport. The speakers
introduced students to the opportunities available in aviation careers and made
students aware of the innovative aviation products being developed in Ada.
In the Afternoon, over 200 students were given the
opportunity to visit the Ada Regional Airport where they visited the new
terminal, spoke with employees of GAMI, and were allowed to meet Air EVAC
Personnel. The program concluded with
the opportunity for students to watch an airplane take off and land.
The District has applied for the opportunity to field test
new aviation curriculum being developed by Purdue University. In the coming years, plans will be developed
which will provide new elective aviation courses for students.
"We are very excited about this new partnership and
about the opportunities that the program will present for our students,"
said District Superintendent, Mike Anderson.
"It is exciting to be on the forefront of aviation education, and
we appreciate the support that we have received from Ada's local aviation