Athens, OH 24 November 2019 –
This last Friday, I had the chance to give a tour of the Ohio University airport to a very enthusiastic group of students who were ready to learn. The group came from Meigs High School and was made up of students in the Special Education program at the school. The teachers were happy when they heard that we’d be excited to give them a tour.
The day started off by showing them around the maintenance hangar to see what the mechanics do on a day-to-day basis. They happened to be working on a few planes when we stopped by, and the students were happy to see that. Next, we went over to our main hangar where we keep all of the training aircraft. They had a blast when I let them take pictures in front of our planes and even let them sit inside. Finally, we went to our flight training facility and showed them our simulators.
It’s not everyday that I get to share my passion for flying, but to give a tour for these students made my day. To see all of their faces lit up with joy as they walked past all of our planes was priceless.
I know it can be hard for those with special needs to feel comfortable, but I could tell that every single one of them felt right at home. The chaperones would tell me that they were happy that they didn’t feel different; that they had someone to talk to. I never thought of them as anyone different from you or me. I saw them as students who wanted to learn and who wanted to see what it’s like to be a pilot here at Ohio University.
This is what I love so much about being an ambassador. I get to share my passion with everyone and anyone. I told them to please come back anytime to give them more tours and to chat with all of the students.