At total of 10 youth attended our first full two day workshop of 2020. The workshop ran from 9:30 until 4:30 both days. For lunch, students were served hot dogs, chips, snacks, home-made chocolate cake, and drinks.
Thanks be to God, as everyone learned many things and at the same time had a very enjoyable experience. Two of the workshop attendees had previously attended a level I workshop held in April.
Jan 3 included a review of many of the basics associated with flying a Cessna 172, together with some new videos and discussions concerning decision-making, and emergency procedures. Jan 4 included more discussions about being a Christian and becoming a pilot. Martin Thorner gave a presentation which was very well received, entitled Change Your Attitude – Change You Life. Student also worked mostly in teams in a cross country race from the Guadalajara Airport (MMGL) to the lake immediately to the south and back. This was followed by a challenging exercise which involving finding and landing on a short grass runway. Everyone landed safely, although not everyone found or landed on the intended runway.
On Jan 4 the program also included a talk and demonstration by drone pilot Jim Miller. You can check out the link to some of his drone photography here: https://vimeo.com/382964022, as well as a larger number of other photos on Facebook taken by good friend Alfredo Molina here: https://www.facebook.com/alfy.mochand/media_set?set=a.2479575128958185&type=3.
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In the afternoon there was more flying exercises, followed by a testimony by Terry MacDonald describing his emergency landing, because of an electrical failure on a small grass runway in Canada at 2:00 am. Almost complete darkness as the night sky was fully overcast. Praise and thanks be to the Lord for his mercies and grace.
The workshop wrapped up with the presentation of certificates together with snacks and drinks and a few visitors who were wanting to see what was happening.
The photos following capture just a few of the moments during the workshop. Two of the Level I and II workshop students are eligible for a local flight, with parent or guardian approval, and which is expected in the next short while. Special thanks to pilots and support provided by: Martin Thorner, Lourdes Esquivel, Pam Landone, Ted Baehr, Ernest Gebbard, and Jim Miller. Special thanks also to Marvin Golden of Lake Chapala Real Estate for again providing an excellent venue (the Upper Room) in Ajijic for us all to use.
More workshops are now being planned. Anyone interest in attending a workshop either for youth or adults should use the Contact form to reach out to us. Volunteers are also welcome!