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McGavock High School Academy of Aviation and Transportation Spring Wing Fling honors students and those who support them

11984 McGavock High School Academy of Aviation and Transportation hosted a celebration of students’ work and achievements at the school's Spring Wing Fling on Friday, May 12.

“The Spring Wing Fling is a day of celebration and recognition of the McGavock High School Aviation and Transportation Academy students and those in the community who support them,” said David Hubbell, academy principal. “This year’s event was particularly exciting as we announced the first student to receive a flight training scholarship from Nashville Flight Training."

Academy instructor Derek Rowe and AviationNation founder Bob Kelly dedicated an aircraft build project, popping the ceremonial rivet on the Van’s R-12 aircraft currently in construction by students. The project is a three-phase build kit donated by AviationNation and supervised by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Nashville Flight Training owner, Chris Erlanson announced the academy’s first Nashville Flight Training scholarship recipient. The flight school is partnering with the school to offer an annual scholarship for the Aviation and Transportation Academy students.

“We are thrilled to play a role in supporting the next generation of pilots at McGavock’s Aviation and Transportation Academy,” said Chris Erlanson, Nashville Flight Training owner. “In addition to offering an annual scholarship for students, our flight school will also partner with the academy to provide opportunities for hands-on learning.”

“Support from corporate and nonprofit partners such as Nashville Flight Training, AviationNation and the Experimental Aircraft Association enables McGavock’s Aviation and Transportation Academy to inspire lifelong learning in our students through unique educational and extracurricular activities,” said Rowe.

Students enrolled in McGavock High School’s Aviation and Transportation Academy are in an elite group of 20 schools of its type in the nation giving students the opportunity to earn a written pilot certification, one of the requirements in obtaining a pilot license, upon graduation, as well as earn up to three college credits toward an aviation degree.