May 22, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
The Brookings schools students have recently experienced a trip to our local airport, where they went through a series of learning experiences designed to familiarize them with aviation. That event was rated by observing educators as much more than just an ordinary field trip. In our opinion, it was a very highly organized, professionally presented, effective, off campus learning experience. Each group of students participated in five sessions, where they were given a very thorough explanation, demonstration, and 'hands on' learning opportunity. It was very evident that these students willingly participated in and enjoyed the activities. Many expressed enthusiasm about what they had learned.
Some reasons that this program is so highly rated:
The Big World Flight for Education Staff Qualifications - The instructors are a mix of retired airline pilots, engineers, and aircraft owners. They all are very active IFR pilots who are deeply involved in the maintenance of their own aircraft. This background provides them with the experience and knowledge so important to a skilled instructor.
The BWFE Staff Teaching Skills - Even more important than organization and instructor qualifications to the success of an education program, is the ability of the instructor to relate to the students. It was evident that they possessed this attribute naturally. This important feature of their presentation may be the main reason for the success of the program.
The BWFE Staff Attention to Details - The staff has a "let's keep on learning" attitude, which is demonstrated by their "review to improve" session they hold after each days classes. Over the nine years that they have been doing this, every detail of the program has been tuned to near perfection. Their final gesture at each field trip, where the BWFE staff line up to wave goodbye to the students in the school buses as they depart, adds a closing scene that spells nothing but class.
We would highly recommend this program as a valuable experience for any school group.