Oliver Scofield, a fourth-grader at Cascades Academy, talks about how the controls work in a helicopter while sitting in the cockpit with Carson Fraley on Tuesday at the school’s campus near Tumalo State Park.

Fourth-grade students at Cascades Academy do independent projects each year, and Oliver’s was a study of helicopter flight.

Fraley, a senior at Cascades Academy who has been working on becoming a helicopter pilot, helped Oliver out with a surprise visit by landing the helicopter on their school’s soccer field for Oliver to show his classmates as part of his final presentation.