Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley
 
NEW ROTARY CLUB OF KERN RIVER VALLEY PROGRAM
SKY KERN VALLEY HIGH
Grace Harrison Special to the Kern Valley Sun | Posted: 2/24/2016
PHOTO Left to right: Gabbi Williams, Tom Cormack, Tom Livermore, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Goss, and Tyler Cazares.
Caption: Gabbi Williams fills out a form for the Young Eagles while Tom Cormack, Tom Livermore, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Goss, and Tyler Cazares watch.
 
NEW ROTARY CLUB OF KERN RIVER VALLEY PROGRAM
SKY KERN VALLEY HIGH
Grace Harrison Special to the Kern Valley Sun | Posted: 2/24/2016
 
Kern Valley High School’s aeronautics club has taken off! The group, called KVTeamPegasus, was started by Tom Cormack, a science teacher at Kern Valley High School and Tom Livermore, a retired general manager from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, known as JPL. This adventurous club is, as described by Cormack “a group of kids in the Kern River Valley who want to learn to fly.” The team members are sophomores Gabbi Williams, Lexi Yearwood, and Tyler Cazares, and freshman Tyler Goss, but the club is hoping to bring in new students as word of the club’s goals spread.
 
Cormack tells the tale of how the club was started, stating that “Tom Livermore proposed the idea to me. I flew the idea to the kids at Kern Valley High School. Luz Polcik brought the Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley in on it to help sponsor the first meeting. 30 kids expressed interest. Luz and Tom brought the Kern Valley Airport in on it (and) established a ground school on Saturdays.” Kern Valley Airport General Manager, Rick Lach, is a huge encourager and supporter of KVTeamPegasus. Pilot Kenn Gates also lends a hand in helping Livermore instruct students.
 
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley has sponsored the club in a multitude of ways. They have even helped pay for things like fuel for airplane flights for team members. KVTeamPegasus worked at the Rotary Club’s food booth during Whiskey Flats to repay their thanks.
 
Sophomore Lexi Yearwood is excited to participate because “I’ve just always really enjoyed flying, even when I was really little. I’d always get excited when we had to go on a plane to go on vacation.” She went on to say “It’s a lot of fun and I really appreciate all the effort that people have put into it even though we’re such a small group.”
 
Currently the students in this club are studying to get their private pilot’s license. Cormack said that “Four students, Gabbi Williams, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Cazares, and Tyler Goss, studied diligently and persistently on Saturdays at the ground school to learn the basics of flying and navigation.” Cormack hopes that “The students will continue with ground school until they can pass the test. Then we hope to help them get their pilot’s license.”
 
KVTeamPegasus has already completed their first flight. The club has flown to the Rosamond Skypark and back. They completed this flight Feb. 7, 2016 with the help of pilots Rick Lach and Joe Deir. Cormack said this about the flight “Tom Livermore worked with Rick and Joe at the KV Airport and the Rotary Club to sponsor this flight under the auspices of the Young Eagles Flying organization. After being rained out several Saturdays, we finally got off the ground for an excellent flight to Rosamond airport and back in Rick’s and Joe’s airplanes.”
 
The Young Eagles is a program of the Experimental Aircraft Association or the EAA. The Young Eagles help minors start their journey in aeronautics at a young age. The EAA is a community of aviation enthusiast who promote recreational flying.
 
Tom Livermore has this to say regarding this unique opportunity: “The exciting part about this is that young people have got the opportunity to learn things that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to learn. Hopefully they’ll get their pilot’s license early in their life and be gifted with something they can use their entire lifetime. It’s a good opportunity and a true enjoyment.”
 
Future plans for KVTeamPegasus include applying for scholarships and raising money for flight lessons which run about $80 an hour per person. If you know of or are a high schooler interested in flying, please contact Tom Cormack at Kern Valley High School  Phone: (760) 379-2611.
 
 
Kern Valley High School’s aeronautics club has taken off! The group, called KVTeamPegasus, was started by Tom Cormack, a science teacher at Kern Valley High School and Tom Livermore, a retired general manager from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, known as JPL. This adventurous club is, as described by Cormack “a group of kids in the Kern River Valley who want to learn to fly.” The team members are sophomores Gabbi Williams, Lexi Yearwood, and Tyler Cazares, and freshman Tyler Goss, but the club is hoping to bring in new students as word of the club’s goals spread.
 
Cormack tells the tale of how the club was started, stating that “Tom Livermore proposed the idea to me. I flew the idea to the kids at Kern Valley High School. Luz Polcik brought the Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley in on it to help sponsor the first meeting. 30 kids expressed interest. Luz and Tom brought the Kern Valley Airport in on it (and) established a ground school on Saturdays.” Kern Valley Airport General Manager, Rick Lach, is a huge encourager and supporter of KVTeamPegasus. Pilot Kenn Gates also lends a hand in helping Livermore instruct students.
 
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley has sponsored the club in a multitude of ways. They have even helped pay for things like fuel for airplane flights for team members. KVTeamPegasus worked at the Rotary Club’s food booth during Whiskey Flats to repay their thanks.
 
Sophomore Lexi Yearwood is excited to participate because “I’ve just always really enjoyed flying, even when I was really little. I’d always get excited when we had to go on a plane to go on vacation.” She went on to say “It’s a lot of fun and I really appreciate all the effort that people have put into it even though we’re such a small group.”
 
Currently the students in this club are studying to get their private pilot’s license. Cormack said that “Four students, Gabbi Williams, Lexi Yearwood, Tyler Cazares, and Tyler Goss, studied diligently and persistently on Saturdays at the ground school to learn the basics of flying and navigation.” Cormack hopes that “The students will continue with ground school until they can pass the test. Then we hope to help them get their pilot’s license.”
 
KVTeamPegasus has already completed their first flight. The club has flown to the Rosamond Skypark and back. They completed this flight Feb. 7, 2016 with the help of pilots Rick Lach and Joe Deir. Cormack said this about the flight “Tom Livermore worked with Rick and Joe at the KV Airport and the Rotary Club to sponsor this flight under the auspices of the Young Eagles Flying organization. After being rained out several Saturdays, we finally got off the ground for an excellent flight to Rosamond airport and back in Rick’s and Joe’s airplanes.”
 
The Young Eagles is a program of the Experimental Aircraft Association or the EAA. The Young Eagles help minors start their journey in aeronautics at a young age. The EAA is a community of aviation enthusiast who promote recreational flying.
 
Tom Livermore has this to say regarding this unique opportunity: “The exciting part about this is that young people have got the opportunity to learn things that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to learn. Hopefully they’ll get their pilot’s license early in their life and be gifted with something they can use their entire lifetime. It’s a good opportunity and a true enjoyment.”
 
Future plans for KVTeamPegasus include applying for scholarships and raising money for flight lessons which run about $80 an hour per person. If you know of or are a high schooler interested in flying, please contact Tom Cormack at Kern Valley High School  Phone: (760) 379-2611.