QEA "Scholars" at SVA
Donald Sweeper is a STEM teacher and a friend of Sugar Valley Airport who wanted to expose his “scholars” to a unique environment and opportunity. On May 6, 2021 Donald Sweeper's group of 5 students and 1 parent from Quality Education Academy (QEA), a charter school in Winston-Salem visited the airport. The afternoon activities included a tour of the maintenance shop by mechanic Nick Tuttle, followed by a walk around explanation by the pilots Sandra Smith and Daniel Lobb on how an airplane achieves flight. The day was capped off by taking a short flight over the countryside. The scholars even had an opportunity to take hold of controls. Mr. Sweeper brought a larger group for a comprehensive aviation day experience in 2019.