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Children take flight during UD for Kids

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

More than 600 kids from the Dubuque area are learning a variety of different skills this summer, taking various courses.

Some are getting the chance to fly.

12-year-old Liam Thumser of East Dubuque, excited as he gets into the flight simulator ready to take off. "The fact that you can go into the air and see everything," he said.

He, along with dozens of other children are taking part in the University of Dubuque's UD for Kids summer program. The week-long course is Beginning Aviation, where they learn about flying.

During the second day of class, the focus was on the main six instruments in a plane. "This is the airspeed indicator, tells us how fast we're going," said Wally Brown, flight instructor. 

"They're also learning what makes an airplane fly. It's called lift...That's the aerodynamics of the whole project," he said.

The students seemed to be grasping the new concepts pretty well. "It's interesting and it's fun," said Laney Thumser.

In addition, the students  learn about weather and how it affects flight. Also navigation, and reading maps. 

On the last day of the course, each student will take turns flying a Cessna 172 to an area airport. Many of them are excited for their first flights as pilots. "Yes, very...it'll be fun," added Liam.

During the flight, there will be an instructor next to the students in the plane.

The University of Dubuque also offers other summer courses for kids, including in areas of cooking and programming robots.

The students were nominated to attend. 

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