WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Middle school students from schools throughout Westfield had a chance to fly for the first time Tuesday.
Volunteers at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport concluded their Wright Flight program Tuesday. The program gives middle school students who pass a 12-week course a chance to fly with a pilot.
Students spend an hour in the air with the pilot, and they even get a chance to fly the plane themselves.
Organizers told 22News the program isn’t about teaching kids to fly, but about helping them reach their goals. Edward Spellacy, treasurer of the Barnes Airport Support Group said, “The purpose of the program is to give students an incentive to perform better. We’re not trying to teach people to fly, that’s not the goal of the program. The goal of the program is to have people achieve and learn and make something of their life.”
Students also got a chance to view the air traffic control tower, and to view an F-15.