A local sixth-grader was awarded a scholarship for the OU Sooner Flight Academy held in Norman.
John Macfaezean was one of 166 children who applied for scholarships. His winning essay on becoming a meteorologist when he grows up solidified his spot on the roll.
Macfaezean said that he wants to chase storms.
“When I grow up, I want to be a meteorologist and fly the chopper to chase storms,” he said.
The OU Sooner Flight Academy has camps for children ages six-18 that teach students about science and math. According to flightcamp.ou.edu, each camp is an action-packed five days of hands-on activities filled with activities and materials that are developmentally appropriate for each age. The camps are staffed by college students who have backgrounds in aviation, science or education.
Every camper experiences being up close to OU’s fleet of Training Aircraft and Certified Flight Instructors.
Macfaezean said that he got to build and launch a model rocket and that he learned how to make a flotation device out of his jeans. He also learned other survival tactics.
“It was a really cool experience,” he said. “The hardest part of camp was probably building the rockets, and the easiest part was building the hovercrafts.”
It was also Macfaezean’s first time flying in an airplane. He was able to sit next to the pilot to learn about different aspects of aviation.
“I got to co-pilot,” Macfaezean said. “There was a lot of turbulence, and the pilot had to use the rudder.”
“Flying was my favorite part of this experience because I’d never been in the air before,” Macfaezean said. “It was a really exciting experience for me. I can’t wait to go back next year.”
Macfaezean said he plans to go back to the OU Sooner Flight Academy every year, and eventually plans to complete jump school with the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team.