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Great Lakes Outdoor Donates to Aviation Camp

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Photo (l-r): Chapter 5 Secretary Greg Gyllstrom, Treasurer Patty Fulop, Great Lakes Outdoor owner Ralph Spidalieri, SYAC Administrator Sherry Niederkorn, President Tim Connor and Vice-President Lee Weigman. (MP Photo/Eileen Epling)

Submitted by EAA Chapter 5

Ralph Spidalieri from Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield donated $1,000 to the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc.) Chapter 5 Summer Youth Aviation Camp program. The presentation took place at the start of the EAA Chapter 5 Business Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Hangar 3 of the Geauga County Airport in Middlefield, Ohio.

The Summer Youth Aviation Camp was held June 17 through 21 for campers in grades 6 through 9. Camp was held at the Geauga County Airport Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only 18 campers were accepted for this inaugural experience.  

Campers participated in ground school and building sessions in the morning, where they learned about instrumentation, navigation, sheet metal riveting and fabric covering. In the afternoon, activities included tours of the various hangars, experiment-based learning activities and listening to career day speakers.  Campers also took turns at flying the flight simulators in the AvLab donated by Discovery Aviation and the Tellos drones provided by Tamarac Aerial Service.

At the presentation, Spidalieri explained his interest in the camp. “I have had an interest in aviation from when I was a child and always dreamed of one day flying and owning a helicopter. I was able to make both a reality and currently own a helicopter today. I am proud to support the youth program with a donation and would encourage other people and businesses to not miss in supporting this great effort.”  

The Young Eagles were given an opportunity to take a flight with a Certified Instructor Pilot from EAA Chapter 5.  Chapter 5 members volunteered their time to serve as staff and pilots throughout the week.  Several of the campers have since continued their Aviation studies via online programs available to Young Eagles.

Donations continue to be accepted through “EAA Chapter 5” at P. O. Box 1213 Middlefield, Ohio (44062).

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