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Take to the Tranquil Skies as a Student Pilot With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 2574RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/20/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Provo/Orem, Utah
Price starting at: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Science & Nature
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 17 years of age.

Take to the skies like Lindberg and the Wright brothers as you and your grandchild immerse yourselves in the world of aviation past and present over the Wasatch Mountains and deserts. Examine the leading pioneers of air travel, theories of aerodynamics and the definitions of “freedom flight.” Discover air work and landing from knowledgeable experts of the skies and planes and traffic controllers at one of the nation’s largest and most renowned flight instruction programs at Utah Valley University.


• Overlook the colored desert rocks and sands as you and your grandchild take to the sky in a real Diamond Katana for two hours apiece.
• Get up close to the Air National Guard’s KC-135 Re-fueling Aircraft Unit and the infamous 388th F-16 Fighter Wing Squadron.
• Engage in a flight simulation as you practice take-off, flying and landing maneuvers.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking; elevations of 5,000 feet.

Date Specific Information


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The Utah Valley spreads out at the base of the majestic Wasatch Range with Utah Lake to the west and snowcapped Mt. Timpanogos to the east. Glacier-carved canyons contrast with lofty mountains covered in aspen and pine. Settled in the 1840s by Mormon pioneers, Provo and Orem are today a center of education and recreation.

Comfortable hotel by the river with swimming pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   La Quinta Inn & Suites
  Orem, UT 6 nights
 La Quinta Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk
  Contact info: 521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
  Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones • Alarm Clock
  Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $69 + tax Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69 + tax Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 3:00 PM. You will be staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 12 PM. You will be staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Full-size copy of each participant's Birth Certificate or Passport (no exceptions), Nielsen Adventures Liability Waiver, UVU Aviation Science Department Liability Waiver, Road Scholar Health & Safety Form, Road Scholar Parental Consent form (minors only).
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Orem, UT
  Nearest city or town:  Provo, UT
  Nearest airport:  Salt Lake International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Orem, UT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Express Shuttle
phone: 800-397-0773
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$34 per person, $15 each additional person
Prices are subject to change.


Shuttle from Salt Lake International Airport is available to and from Express Shuttle (800) 397-0773 or (801) 375-5533 for around $34 first individual, $15 each additional person; please contact them for current rates.

Driving Directions
  La Quinta Inn & Suites From Salt Lake City Intl Airport Exit Airport I-80 East to I-15 South Exit 269, University Pkwy, 1/2 mile East, La Quinta Inn & Suites is located on the right.
Elevation Note: 5,000 feet is the highest ground elevation. Higher elevations during flight time.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check In/Welcome & Introductions
(Sunday, July 14)
 Afternoon: 3:00 - 5:30 PM Check-in at the front desk for your room assignment. (Rooms are not ready until the 3:00 PM check-in). 5:45 - 6:00 PM Come into the Conference Room anytime between 5:45 and 6:00 PM for our Road Scholar Registration. Pick up your packet and detailed itinerary of the week.
 Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner served in the Conference Room.
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:30 PM Welcome, introductions, program orientation in the Conference Room.
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Utah Valley University Flight School/Global Aviation Hanger and CLAS Ropes Course
(Monday, July 15)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change. Wear closed in shoes for the activities.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious Breakfast anytime in the Conference Room.
 Morning: Explore Utah Valley University's Aviation Department Hangar. Ground School begins. Engage into the Basic of Aviation with an Instructor of UVU Aviation. Dive into the Instruments of Flight Safety with an Instructor of UVU Aviation.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: An Inspiring Discussion on Air Traffic Control Class with an Air Traffic Controller. Ground School Safety and Aviation Review with an Aviation Safety Director. Group Canoeing at the Ropes Course.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Ropes Course” "C" Challenging "L" Leadership "A" Adventure "S" Systems Please wear casual clothes and closed-toe shoes for this activity. You will be climbing, swinging and participate in group experiences on and off the ground. Mission: To improve personal effectiveness and group dynamics through comprehensive experiential challenges. Vision: To facilitate opportunities for people to tangibly recognize and internalize their own personal worth/value and realize their fullest potential, both as individuals and as part of the group dynamic of home, work and society as a whole. To assist individuals in developing leadership potential so that they may become a more positive and effective influence for good in their personal environment and in relationship to all those with whom they interact. Introduction: People learn more through experience than through any other method of learning. Challenge course participants learn techniques in problem solving, leadership, human relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, group cooperation, building self-confidence and esteem, trust, self-direction, motivation, and values. Analogies can be made to life-relevant topics, helping to increase understanding and strengthen character. The aim is to allow the participants to view themselves as increasingly capable and competent. By attempting a graduated series of activities which involve physical or emotional risk, and succeeding (or sometimes failing) in a supportive group atmosphere, an individual may gain confidence in himself/herself and others. Each activity is based on the assumption that anyone who conscientiously tries will be successful. Success is in making an effort. A cooperative, supportive atmosphere tends to encourage participation. The use of teams, points, and timed competition has consciously been minimized to allow participants to succeed without fear of failure.
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Flight Simulator Training & Flight Time, Watch Aviation Videos, Build SR-71 Black Bird Model Kits, Laser Tag. Movie Night!
(Tuesday, July 16)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change. Wear closed in shoes for the activities.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious Breakfast anytime in the Conference Room.
 Morning: Group Meeting: Introduce SR-71 Project Flight & Safety Briefing Introduction of Pilots. You will each be given a Flight Log Book (covered in your tuition) which your Flight Instructor will be able to record that you have completed three hours (one hour in simulator and two hours of actual flight) toward your 40 hours required for a Pilot's License! Some Grandparents want to "give" their flight time to their Grandchild. This is not allowed, as it will cause jealously amongst the other Grandchildren, and extreme frustration amongst the other Grandparents. Most Grandparents sign up for this program to fully participate in this program with their Grandchild. You either "use" your flight time, or "lose" your flight time. Begin Simulator Training, in order to learn how to take off and land. For Flight Time, the Aviation program has a fleet of two-person (you and your co-pilot), single-engine Diamond Katana Aircraft. These are considered the most advanced and safest training aircrafts in the industry. Watch Aviation Videos, Build SR-71 Black Bird Model Kits.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Continue Flight and Simulator Time. Visit Air Traffic Control. Laser Tag at Laser Assault. Laser tag is a simulated game where you are either the hunter or the hunted. Strap on a laser sensors vest and venture on to the game floor to hunt the other team. Can you find your way through the maze and still make it out alive? Come and find out!
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Movie Night!
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Utah Air National Guard, Tour KC-135, Fire Station, Hill Aerospace Museum, Visit the Infamous 388th Fighter Wing Unit and get a VIP tour of the F-16's. An Evening Discussion with a Former Pilot of the SR-71 Black Bird.
(Wednesday, July 17)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change. Wear closed in shoes for the activities.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious Breakfast anytime in the Conference Room.
 Morning: Training activity at the Utah Air National Guard. The Guard is America’s Army. We are community based but with capabilities that stretch worldwide. The 373-year tradition that we enjoy as Guard members is, in every sense, as relevant today as during colonial times. The Utah National Guard has a unique dual mission that encompasses support to our Nation and to the State of Utah. Maintain properly trained and equipped units available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency or as otherwise needed. Provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law. Tour of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling military aircraft. It and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype. The KC-135 was the US Air Force's first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratotanker. The Stratotanker was initially tasked to refuel strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of US tactical fighters and bombers. Serving with the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1957, it is one of just six military fixed-wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. The KC-135 is supplemented by the larger KC-10. Despite increased maintenance costs, studies conclude many of the aircraft could be flown until 2040. The aircraft will be replaced by the Boeing KC-46. Visit the Fire Station and learn about what the fire fighter's responsibilities are and what kind of equipment they use, like the fire hoses.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Museum Briefing and Explore Hill Aerospace Museum.The Museum exhibits more than 90 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds and inside the Major General Rex A. Hadley Gallery and the Lindquist Stewart Fighter Gallery. Our collection also includes a wide variety of ordnance and munitions, an assortment of aerospace ground equipment, military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of other historical artifacts. Visit the Infamous 388th Fighter Wing Unit The 388th Fighter Wing delivers combat capability to deploy, employ, and sustain F 16s worldwide to Fly, Fight, and Win any conflict. With more than 2,000 military and civil service professionals, the wing consists of eight squadrons which maintain and operate 48 primary assigned F-16CM aircraft and maintain the Utah Test and Training Range. The 388th FW's motto is, "Airpower is the power of Airmen!" and get a VIP tour of the F-16's.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: In the Conference Room will have a Guest Speaker: Ret. Lt. Col. Gil Bertelson, served the U.S. Air Force as a pilot for the SR-71 Black Bird, a strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Only 32 Black Birds were ever built, and the plane took its first flight on December 22, 1964. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft. Gil Bertelson enjoys sharing his exciting, professional experiences as a SR-71 pilot, as well as the history and legendary stories of the Black Bird aircrafts.
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Simulator & Flight Time, Finish SR-71 Black Bird Model Kits, Build Soda Bottle Rockets and Fly them, Enjoy Slide Show of our Week’s Activities, Receive Awards for Competitions, Receive Certificates & Passport Stickers and Pool Time!
(Thursday, July 18)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change. Wear closed in shoes for the activities.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious Breakfast anytime in the Conference Room.
 Morning: Group Meeting: Introduce Soda Bottle Rocket. Begin Simulator Training, in order to learn how to take off and land. For Flight Time, the Aviation program has a fleet of two-person, (you and your co-pilot). The Aviation program has a fleet of two-person, single-engine Diamond Katana Aircraft. These are considered the most advanced and safest training aircrafts in the industry. Watch Flight Videos, Finish SR-71 Black Bird Model Kits Build Soda Bottle Rockets.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Continue Flight and Simulator Time. Visit Tac Air, Discover other Aspects of Aviation such as Helicopters, Working on the Flight Line Re-fueling Private Jets. Soda Bottle Rocket Competition at “Nielsen’s Grove” Orem City Park. Which rocket will be the highest? Together Grandparents and Grandchildren will know if they conquered aero-dynamics and see who made their rocket go higher than the other. Let the competition begin!
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy Slide Show of our Week’s Activities During Dinner Review details for Friday’s Program Finale, Receive Awards for Competitions, Receive Certificates & Passport Stickers. Pool Time!
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: PROGRAM FINALE DAY! Experience Lagoon!
(Friday, July 19)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change. Wear closed in shoes for the activities.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious Breakfast anytime in the Conference Room.
 Morning: PROGRAM FINALE DAY! 9:30 Load Van. 11:00 Experience, enjoy and celebrate our fun week together at Utah’s largest amusement park! Lagoon! Get ready for the ride of your life! Lagoon boasts over 45 rides that will thrill, chill, excite and delight you. You will enjoy unlimited rides on Roller Coasters, Farris Wheels, Bumper Cars and many other amazing attractions! Just take a look at all that awaits you at Lagoon! Visit the Wild, Wild West. Take a stroll along rustic wooden sidewalks, get your picture taken in Old West apparel or cool off with a double scoop of ice cream from the Pioneer Village Ice Cream Parlor. Memories of the Old West abound at Lagoon each summer as pioneer artifacts transport Lagoon guests 100 years back in time. Guns, Slingshots, Crossbows and Cannons at Pioneer Village is the reconstruction of a typical frontier community as it might have existed in the late 1800s. This community consists of 42 authentic 19th century stores and buildings, and artifacts with which they might have been furnished. Pioneer Village features one of the finest collections of small arms in the country, including guns, slingshots, crossbows and cannons. The Carriage Hall features almost every type of wheeled conveyance used at the turn of the century. A Rock Chapel stands at the head of Pioneer Village. Originally constructed in Coalville, Utah, in 1853, the building was first used as a fort. It later served as a courthouse, a schoolhouse and a church. Other treasures in Pioneer Village include a one-room schoolhouse, two-story sawed log house, smokehouse, millinery shop, clock shop, tool museum, hardware store, cobbler shop, co-op, print shop, music hall, gingerbread house, doll museum and town hall.
 Lunch: Anytime, Enjoy a delicious Lunch at Lagoon, (with coupons).
 Afternoon: Head to the ultimate aquatic playground and cool off at Utah’s supreme surf-and-slide water park, Lagoon-A-Beach! Beat the heat in the Beach's six acres of surging slides, twisting hydro tubes, crystal waterfalls, bubbling fountains and summer swimming. Ride a jet stream of water 65 feet down through four twisting, turning, totally enclosed tubes. Plummet nearly 70 feet on a thin cushion of liquid lightning, splashing to a stop like a human tidal wave. Run the rapids on a river tube for a heart-pumping, white-water experience. Splash and play in our lazy river, surrounded by sparkling waterfalls, exotic tunnels, tropical lagoons and a castaway island of fun just for kids. You can bring your towel from your hotel room (just remember to return it). So bring your swimming suit and get wet! or Enjoy Rides and Musical Shows at Lagoon! Continue to Enjoy Rides and Musical Shows at Lagoon!
 Dinner: Anytime, Experience Dinner at Lagoon, (with coupons).
 Evening: 8:00 Load Van 9:00 (approx.) Arrive at Hotel.
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Saturday Morning Breakfast in the Front Lobby Anytime 7:00 - 10:00 AM, Check out of room by Noon.
(Saturday, July 20)
 Breakfast: Program ends after breakfast.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
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