Local pilot helps students understand concepts of flight


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Tribune photo by Aubrey Woods / Lance Onken of Brownstown talks about how he became a pilot with sixth graders on Friday at Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour. The students are reading "Hatchett" written by Gary Paulsen about a boy who must learn to survive after an airplane crash. Onken, who has been flying professionally since 1992, flies a McDonnel Douglas 11 for UPS out of Louisville.


For the past three years, a local pilot has had the chance to share his passion for flying with sixth-graders at a Seymour school and add a little something to their class assignment at the same time.

“I think it was great to hear about how many different places he’s flown,” 12-year-old Grace Rebber said.

Grace, a sixth-grader at Immanuel Lutheran School, was referring to Lance Onken, who flies domestically and internationally for UPS.

Onken visits with sixth-graders to help them understand a little more about how airplanes work as they read the novel “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen.

The story is about a boy who is a passenger on a Cessna 406 that crashes when the pilot suffers a heart attack. The boy, who had to crash-land the plane, finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing and a hatchet.

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