The Flight Science class at Sisters High School is co-sponsored by the school district, Energyneering Solutions, and the Sisters Science Club. The main purpose of this class is to introduce students to the science and wonder of flight, and prepare them to take the FAA Private Pilot written exam.

The class meets every school day and lasts a full school year, though it may be taken in increments if necessary. It all begins with a Young Eagles flight ... a flight in which students are taken aloft by volunteer pilots belonging to Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). This organization, together with Sporty's Pilot Shop, provides all ground school materials through a scholarship program managed by the EAA. Students are also granted a student membership in this prestigious organization, and qualify for a number of valuable scholarships.

Coursework for this class is mostly computer-based, and classroom time is spent on this work ... and in the company of an actual pilot who serves as mentor and coach. This work is challenging, and without actual time in an aircraft, the lessons lose their value very quickly. For that reason, the club and other community members have stepped forward with flight scholarship funds that are awarded on merit and need. Recently, the program received several wonderful donations from local supporters ... enough to insure this year's students will get several scholarshipped flight lessons during this year. Thank you all! These tax-deductible contributions are managed by Sisters Schools Foundation, a 501c3 organization, and the club.

Energyneering Solutions is a technology firm located at Sisters Eagle Airport, and has provided invaluable support for the Flight Science program ... including the establishment of a flying club called Outlaw Aviation. The company also provides a student-centered pilot lounge, and has purchased a refurbished Cessna 172 that is now available to students at a discounted rental rate. These folks exemplify community support!

The first Young Eagles flight of the 2015/16 school year was a wonderful success, with 25 students taking their first flight in a small plane. Volunteer EAA pilots even took up some amazed parents ... and a good time was had by all!

Perhaps the biggest news of this year for the Flight Science program is the FAA certification of our first Private Pilot, Cammi Benson. She began her pilot training in this class, and has pursued her studies with remarkable tenacity.

Soon after passing her FAA written exam, Cammi "soloed" in the Outlaw Aviation Cessna 172 ... and in keeping with long standing tradition, had her shirt tail cut off by her instructor. (Check with us if you'd like to know the rest of the story.) She accomplished this, got her driver's license, and turned 16 in the same month.

In July of this year, she turned 17 ... and earned her Private Pilot certification. And as you can see, both she and the FAA examiner are pretty pleased with her work. Well done, Cammi! We hope she's the first of many!

Flight Science ... and the Science Club