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SIU Aviation is a proud member of our community and is committed to providing opportunities to our youth. As such, we offer a number of programs designed to allow children and teenagers the opportunity to experience aviation first hand.

Our youth programs range from field trips to the Southern Illinois Airport and Transportation Education Center to youth summer camps such as Summer Wings, outreach programs, as well as career days for prospective aviations majors to experience a day in the life of a pilot.

Summer Camps!

The School of Aviation hosts a variety of summer camps for kids, including:

Field Trips

Schedule your next field trip at the Southern Illinois Airport! We offer airport tours and ineractive field trips for kids of all classes, groups, and organizations.

Schedule one today!

Career Days

Aviation Career Days give prospective SIU Aviation students a chance to see what SIU Aviation has to offer with a tour of the facilities and, in most cases, a flight to campus from Chicago O'Hare airport.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing at SIU Carbondale's Aviation Flight Program will give students interested in a career in flying the opportunity of an up-close look into the aviation field. 

Students, if you are interested in job shadowing at Aviation Flight, please have your guidance counselor contact (618) 453-8898 or email

Hope Flys Golf Scramble

Hope Flys Golf Scramble is an annual community fundraiser aimed at providing financial support to the Hope Flys Scholarship. The scholarship benefits students that have a strong involvement or committment to overcoming adversity.