WESLEY CHAPEL, Florida. – At North Tampa Aero Park in Wesley Chapel, a group of teenagers help restore a Cessna 172. It’s part of a program called Infinity Aeroclub, a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing teenagers to aviation.
“It’s a service to the community,” said Ricardo Foster, president of Infinity Aeroclub. “Business and aviation. It all started with aviation first and that’s where the kids come in. We try to expose all children, especially underprivileged ones, to the career field of aviation. ‘aviation.”
Foster says money is often a big hurdle, and his organization provides access to planes, simulators, drones and a group of volunteers.
“My ultimate dream is to give every child the opportunity to know that aviation, piloting, a career in aeronautical engineering is possible. Many children who look like me or who live in poor neighborhoods have not that. I want to exhibit in aviation. Fly them. Make them interested, “Foster said.
Samuel Jones, 16, has been in the program for about 10 months and wants to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer and pilot. He says he has learned a lot from the program and is grateful for the opportunity.
Infinity AeroClub is a STEM program that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math. Foster says he teaches value and that teens who don’t want to fight for a career in aviation find it beneficial.
CONNECT: For more information, visit https://infinityaeroclub.org/.