Junior Pilot Camp graduates 15 Featured

On Friday, July 18, there were 15 graduates in the Erie-Ottawa International Airport’s July Junior Pilot Camp. At the camp the children learned the basics of flying and had hands-on experience in the physics of flight and were exposed to airport maintenance and management. There was also an introductory flight on an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and gave the children an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots.

At the graduation on Friday, family and friends of the graduates gathered to watch the last act of the pilot camp which was a Jeopardy battle. The pilot Jeopardy gave students a chance to show what they learned during the camp. In first place there was a tie between Max Steinhauser and Jackson Kennedy. They even tied in final Jeopardy. In second place was Jon Brausch.

“We want to expose young adults to an opportunity in careers and a chance for personal growth,” said Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority Director Stan Gebhardt. “Every journey begins with a single step. We want to start steering young adults towards a positive path or help them continue on that path.”

The graduating students were: Ethan Carpenter, Kristopher Cermak, Alexandra Cermak, Michael Herner, Jackson Kennedy, Daniel Stott, Logan Strausbaugh, Jacob Kraft, Keenan Carpenter, Jon Brausch, CJ Brausch, Jeremy Brausch, Max Steinhauser, Austin Bell and Liam Ratcliffe.

The next Junior Pilot Camp will be held August 18-22 and will be the third camp the airport has held this summer. For more information on the camp or the Erie-Ottawa International Airport, visit

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