Teens can learn to fly at pilot camp

Campers will be taught the basics of aviation, how airplanes work, how to take off and land, and visual flight rules

Kids can spread their wings and learn to fly at the Aerosim Experience Junior Pilot’s Camp in Laval. Geared to teens 12 to 18, this day camp teaches kids to pilot real planes from the cockpit of professional flight simulators.

The camp runs from July 6-9 and Aug. 17-20. Campers will get to fly simulators of the Boeing 737-8NG and the Airbus A320, as well as pilot a helicopter and a fighter jet in virtual reality.

The camp is taught by professional pilots and flight instructors. Campers will be taught the basics of aviation, how airplanes work, how to take off and land, and visual flight rules. They will then get to put their knowledge to use in real flight simulators.

According to Pierre Costerg, manager of Aerosim Experience Centre, the skills the campers learn are the same ones pilots are taught in training, “If one day they want to become pilots, they will use this training.”

Camp days are divided between a half day spent at the centre and the other half on an outing. In past years, campers have visited the St. Hubert air traffic control tower, Cosmodome, Clip’n Climb and Maeva Surf. Outings for this year have not yet been finalized.

Aerosim Experience is located at 1177 Desserte North, Highway 440 in Laval. The cost of the  camp has yet to be determined for this summer but usually runs between $450 and $599.

For more information, visit aerosimexperience.com.