For some students from Fort Pierce Central in the St. Lucie County School District, the summer of 2013 may have been the beginning of a future career or just a dream or desire to indulge in the art of a flying experience. Even for some, it may be something more as in the poem of “High Flight” by Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee (see attached list).
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (World's Leader in Aviation) and FPC Aerospace Institute students, 10 – 12 graders, were selected to be the inaugural class for a new internship program launched in cooperation with Renegade Light Sport Aircraft of Fort Pierce. Interns included Anthony Oreo, Zac Molinelli, Bryce Starr, Brady Loupe, Leo Troncoso, Ruelane Kindred, Aaron Quinn, and Cody Elndenin. What a great experience and opportunity for each of these individuals. How great of a country like the United States of America where schools and community partners work together to provide opportunities that have been made possible by the efforts of others behind the scene.
If we look back into American history you will find two ambitious American brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright , owners of a bicycle shop with the brothers' fundamental breakthrough on their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem". This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before. Their first U.S. patent, 821,393, did not claim invention of a flying machine, but rather, the invention of a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces.
Who knows what interns Anthony Oreo, Zac Molinelli, Bryce Starr, Brady Loupe, Leo Troncoso, Ruelane Kindred, Aaron Quinn, and Cody Elndenin (and future interns) fields of endeavor to pursue, but one thing we can all be assured of is that they had an everlasting summer experiencing aviation. Like the Wright brothers, who knows what lies ahead for these young pioneers in the field of aviation and aerospace.