In fall of 2018, one of WPA’s members, Norman Montes De Oca, founded the Husky Aviation Club at the University of Washington Bothell Campus. As an Advanced Ground Instructor, Monty sought to spread the joy of flying to students who might otherwise not get the opportunity. One of the main points of the club is to offer basic ground school lessons for free.

Since its inception, the Husky Aviation Club has conducted weekly meetings during regularly scheduled UWB operating hours. The meetings generally start with an aviation-themed motivational video to get students pumped about flying followed by a review session where volunteers share what they learned in a previous lesson. The main concept of the day is discussed, including hands-on activities to facilitate the learning process.

An engineering student selects the plane of the week and gives a short presentation on how it is designed and built, and any interesting specifications that may be unique to that aircraft.

The meetings conclude with a short Q&A session where students may ask about what they’ve learned and offer ideas for the next meeting.With five student officers, one retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, and 15 of motivated students, the Husky Aviation Club is still growing and seeks to stretch its wings. If you would like to volunteer your time, aircraft, or expertise please contact Monty at “HuskyAviationClub-at-outlook.com”.