Aviation has changed a lot over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed? How fun it can be to share your passion for flying with someone you love!
If you’re a parent, you know that the world of aviation is worth passing down. Take a look at today’s blog for a few meaningful ways to do just that.
Start at home
One of the best ways to spark an interest in aviation? You don’t need to take to the skies to do it—start at home! Books, toys, activities and online videos and research are more than enough to captivate kids with a curiosity about the world around them.
Get them involved
Another helpful tip is to get your child involved with flying… even if they can’t do it themselves just yet! That can mean anything from exciting afternoon flights to the seemingly more mundane aspects of aviation, like upkeep and repairs. Why bring your child along when you’re working on your plane? It’s simple: it can help them get familiar with the ins and outs of an aircraft, as well as the pride that comes with caring for one. And at the very least, even if they don’t pick up the aviation bug just yet, it’s a great way to spend some time with one another!
Lead by example
As you have probably already noticed, kids are like sponges, and are apt at learning through the examples you subconsciously set. By approaching aviation (and all its aspects: flying, upkeep, etc.) with a positive, excited attitude, you’re sure to see some of that inspiration rub off!
Find ways to get connected
Getting involved with local friends or groups that share your love of aviation can help your child see just how thriving (and exciting) this field really is. One such option is to get in contact with a group like the Young Eagles, an organization whose sole purpose is to help young people discover a love of flying! And of course, events like the Sport Aviation Showcase are easy ways to get away and enjoy, as a family, the bustling world of aviation (maybe learning a thing or two in the process!).
Focus on doing, not teaching
If you have a young child, they of course won’t be able to get their license for several years (if that’s a path they choose to pursue). You, as their parent, don’t need to focus on teaching them specific skills, controls, and other technical info. Just let them learn by watching you, absorbing your passion for the sport all the while. With a foundation like that, technical know-how comes easy.
We can’t think of a better pastime than flying alongside someone who loves it just as much as you do! From the Showcase and beyond, we hope that these tips help you enjoy a thriving future of fun in the skies.