Recently a group of Northwest Academy students toured a number of aerospace firms based in Sandpoint, Idaho: Timberline Helicopters, Quest Aircraft, and Tamarack Aerospace Group. Students learned about a variety of different jobs that would be available to them if they choose they choose to study engineering in college. They were able to see a fully-outfitted Blackhawk helicopter that had been converted from a military aircraft to use for firefighting. They visited a company that builds Kodiak airplanes, which are designed to go into the bush and deliver items into rural areas. In addition, they were learned the inner-workings of a company that supplies aircraft into rural areas and back country for medical support and rescue.
“The trip was a great way for me to learn more about different jobs that I could get in the aviation industry with an engineering degree,” explained one student. “It was really an amazingly eye-opening trip.”