Why Racine

There are several reasons why Racine is home to the Young Aviators Program.

  1. The area has a large, experienced and active pilot base. Our airport is home to several corporate flight departments and we are in close proximity to large, international operating airports in Chicago and Milwaukee.

  2. Our airport, the John H. Batten International Airport (KRAC), is a modern, up-to-date facility. It enjoys a relatively small number of daily departing and arriving flights making it ideal for flight training operations like Young Aviators. Batten Airport also has long and protected paved runways plus on-field precision navigation aids. Throughout the year flight students often report that our low volume of air traffic enables them to get much more training progress per hour than at other nearby airports.

  3. The EAA Chapter 838 premises here at Batten Airport is perfectly suited for Young Aviators. A large, well kept facility, it has ideal spaces for classroom sessions, a well equipped workshop area for our fabrication projects and quiet areas for our flight simulator training. And, of course, we have a large hangar and attached flight line areas to enable smooth and safe training flight operations. In addition, the facility has roomy areas for dining, meetings and pre & post flight briefings. It is also air conditioned to keep students and staff members cool and refreshed on those warm August days. Ample parking spaces abound.

    Batten AirportDid you know?
     Batten International Airport is named after one of the founders of Twindisc, a leading world wide provider of Power Transmission Products

    Runway 4/22
    6574' long 100' wide

    Runway 14/32
    4422' long x 100' wide

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