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Students learn flying basics in aviation camp

RAYMOND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Young people made their sky-high dreams become reality at the John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond Wednesday.

This week, 31 young people between 12 and 18 years old have been attending an ACE Camp, which stands for Aviation Career Education. After learning the basics on simulators, they took off in small aircraft, with pilots helping them.

The program has been held in other cities, but it's the first year for the Jackson area. Two students we talked to actually became co-pilots as they steered the planes during their trip to the clouds.

"It's very unique. Something different you can't explain," said 18-year-old Julian Heard, a student at Murrah High School.

"It felt amazing, just extraordinary. Beyond. I can't even explain it," said Jamal Shamsid-deen, a 17-year-old student at Terry High School. "He just inspired the next pilot."

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals helped put on the ACE Camp. 

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