Future takes flight: Navajo youths co-pilot planes over the Grand Canyon. See more education news here

| May 8, 2018

By Olivia Richard, Cronkite News  • Navajo-Hopi Observer

GRAND CANYON — Cadet Amaris Tracy climbed into the cockpit of a small plane, her face calm but her hands shaking slightly.

“I’m really excited to get to fly the plane for the first time,” Tracy said, adjusting her headset. “At the same time, it’s 5,000 feet up in the air and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

“I’m really nervous — what if something goes wrong?”

After all, Tracy, 13, is only in the sixth grade. This was her first time in a plane — and this day, she’d be the copilot.

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