Replace the RV-12 with "J-3 Cub" and what you have is the same kind of outstanding opportunity that I was given at age 13 by an FBO who formed an Explorer post to get teens involved in aviation - almost four decades ago! It worked then, it will work now! I know several of the kids in my group went on to aviation carers - probably 20% - and that is a huge number taken in context. I could never have afforded to get involved in "Real Airplanes" without the opportunity - I think EVERY city should have a program like this - maybe our looming pilot shortage would be averted.
Paul F. Dye
Editor in Chief - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
A&P, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Dayton Valley Airpark (A34)