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C-150 In Flight - Click to EnlargeYou have kids. Is it possible that your child might want to fly? Is it possible that they need to get interested in something like aviation? AV NET may be just the place to turn for a good solution to your situation!

Our MKF solutions are specifically designed for kids age 12 through 17.

MKF (MY KID FLIES!)

YOUR SITUATION: You have a child that has indicated that they are interested in aviation as a career. You would like to know if there some kind of a camp that you can send your child to in order to see if they are really “cut out” for flying, or a career in aviation. Is there a good solution?

Yes. Only it is not exactly a camp. It is just a short visit to our training facility and it is a whole lot of fun! As a parent, you want to provide all that you can for your child, but you certainly don’t want to force them into a career direction that is just not right for them. And you certainly don’t want to pay for all of that expensive training in the aviation industry if they don’t really like it. College is expensive enough. If you add flight training on top of the costs associated with a college education, it could turn out to be an investment that exceeds $40,000 per year, per child! In addition to the cost, it may not be wise to either force or allow your child to pursue a career that is most likely not a good match for them. It may actually be unsafe to try to make them like aviation. Flying, and the passion for flight just seems to come more naturally for some than for others. We want to help you as a good parent to be able to make that discernment. The only good way that we know of to do that is to issue your kid a set of our headsets. We put them in the left seat of one of our real aircraft. Then we spend some time together with them. Both on the ground and in the air.

For these special situations, we offer this 2 day MKF (My Kid Flies!) program We require that at least one adult is on site during the two days, and consent paperwork is required. The program includes a lot of flying, and the ground portion includes instruction and testing in simple aviation concepts as well as math and science. The flying portion includes actual flight instruction in aircraft control, navigation, calculations, and division of attention. At the conclusion of the course, the student is awarded an actual pilots logbook. Regardless of their age, the logbook that they receive will document the ground and flight instruction accomplished. The flight hours count towards any FAA certificate or rating that they pursue in the future. We also include a certificate of completion. Finally, the parent or parents of the child will receive a complete confidential assessment and recommendation for their child. The assessment is a confidential written review of the students motor skills, aptitude, retention, fear, trainability, attitude, and interest in aviation. The recommendation is a confidential written summary of the possible aviation career paths that are available, the potential costs, and the degree of difficulty that the child would have in attaining each one of them. The results of the written assessment and recommendation are never shared among students or other parents, and there is no opportunity for any student to compete or feel pressure of competition of any kind during the MKF camp. Av Net does not keep a permanent record of any MKF course that is completed.

YOUR SITUATION: You have a child that has few or no interests other than TV and movies. You are concerned with certain behavior or attention situations that have surfaced. Your question has to do with if there is a positive way to motivate a change in their behavior by getting them interested in something like aviation. Is there a good solution?

Yes. Maybe. This program is a very effective tool for helping some parents. In other cases, it was of no use at all. What we have often found is that when you allow a youngster like yours access to the left seat of an airplane and let them make the first takeoff, more often than not, what you have just done is changed their life forever. And that may be exactly what you want to do! Under controlled conditions, we do allow them access to the sky. The first takeoff will be one that they made, wobbly or not! The first landing will be their attempt. Sometimes we can log 5 or 6 landings off of that first attempt! The point is that they are challenged with the incredibly challenging world of flight, and they can see that each action always has a reaction. They can also see that they are the cause of that reaction. Now you have introduced them to a world that is worth the working towards. It is a world worth changing behavior over, and often they can envision themselves being a pilot one day for real. The MKF program utilizes every opportunity to motivate kids about flying, but most importantly it underscores to the child from an independent source other than a parent that it pays to do well in school, and that their actions are indeed their choice. For these special situations, we offer this 2 day MKF (My Kid Flies) program We require that at least one adult is on site during the two days, and consent paperwork is required. The program includes actual flight instruction in aircraft control, navigation, calculations, and division of attention. At the conclusion of the course, the student is awarded an actual pilots logbook. Regardless of their age, the logbook that they receive will document the ground and flight instruction accomplished. The flight hours count towards any FAA certificate or rating that they pursue in the future. We also include a certificate of completion. Finally, The parent or parents of the child will receive a complete confidential assessment and recommendation for their child. The assessment is a confidential written review of the students motor skills, aptitude, retention, fear, trainability, attitude, and interest in aviation. The recommendation is a confidential written summary of the possible aviation career paths that are available, the potential costs, and the degree of difficulty that the student would have in attaining each one of them. The results of the written assessment and recommendation are never shared among students or other parents, and there is no opportunity for any student to compete or feel pressure of competition during the MKF camp. Av Net does not keep a permanent record of any MKF course that is completed.

YOUR SITUATION: You have a child that is currently enrolled in an aviation training school or program of some kind. You are concerned with the costs, the progress or the lack thereof, or the safety of the program that they are participating in. Is there a good solution?

Yes. Maybe. Sometimes it is hard to evaluate the specifics of a situation without a close personal inspection. We do know that just like all business, there are flight schools and organizations who routinely embrace unethical aviation business conduct. Your child may be locked in to one of these. One of the biggest warnings that we can reiterate, is the warning to beware of any flight training operation whose policy it is to collect large fees up front for flying and training to be accomplished at some future date. On occasion, students have found that these schools are so disorganized, unsafe, and inefficient that they have easily become so discouraged, frustrated, and disgusted that they have been forced to walk away with no refund, and no completion. Remember that these type training operations are glad to take your funds, but rarely have a means or track record of issuing refunds of any kind. Beware of any training “package price” that is in excess of $5000 and requires more than 50% to be paid “up front.”

If you would like some help in determining if you are actually getting what you are paying for from your child’s enrollment fees, or if your child is involved in an acceptable situation or not, please contact us.


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