The Sky Is The Limit For JC Students

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 24, 2009 at 10:23 PM EST

The sky is the limit for some Johnson City Elementary Students...

It's all part of a mentoring program with the Aerospace company Rockwell Collins.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo shows us how this week...the kids take control of a helicopter cockpit.

Seven-year-old Cameron Keophomma climbs into this flight simulator at Rockwell Collins.

And prepares for take off.

"It felt like I was all grown up and I had the job to fly the helicopter," said Keophomma.

He takes the chopper for a quick trip over Greater Binghamton.

"It was really cool coming down for the landing and driving over the houses and the water," he said.

"He was really excited to be able to do that," said his mentor, Justin Lis.

Cameron and his classmates took control of the cockpit thanks to a mentoring program.

It teams up Rockwell employees with kids from JC elementary school.

"They've been really excited. A lot of them say meeting with their mentors is the highlight of their week. So this great for them," said Johnson City Teacher Jessica Skarbinko.

"I just like to be with kids and teach them things I know," said Lis.

The aerospace company designs flight simulators for military and commercial training.

"It feels like you're in an actual helicopter. When you're in the cockpit area you have complete surrounding visual. All the controls are there, all the instruments are there. They all do the things that they would do in an aircraft when you're flying it around," said Lis.

"The visual system alone makes it feel like your moving so when you turn one way you kind of lean with it," he said.

Which has some of these students leaning towards flying in the future.

"Do you think you're going to be a pilot when you grow up?"

"Maybe," said Keophomma.

This is the first year of the mentoring program.

BAE Systems also runs a similar program with local students.

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