Alaska airmen teach Boy Scouts of merit

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007

 

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  Peninsula Scouts visit the Kenai Flight Service Station were they were shown a PowerPoint on what information the FAA facility provides to pilots. Photo by Dee Hanson

Peninsula Scouts visit the Kenai Flight Service Station were they were shown a PowerPoint on what information the FAA facility provides to pilots.

Photos by Dee Hanson

On Sept. 15 the Alaska Airmen's Association sponsored its fifth Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Day, the first for the Kenai Peninsula. More than 45 scouts from Soldotna, Homer and Kenai attended the one-day event held at the Civil Air Patrol hangar at the Kenai Airport.

What is a Merit Badge Day? The group began early in the morning with orientation, and scheduled events and programs throughout the day to meet the requirements set forth by the Boy Scouts national office.

A worksheet is prepared for scouts to keep track of each program they participate in.

 

Peninsula Scouts visit the Kenai Flight Service Station were they were shown a PowerPoint on what information the FAA facility provides to pilots.

Photo by Dee Hanson

At the end of the day, a certified aviation merit badge counselor sat down with each boy to make sure they attended and understood everything presented during the day. The association made sure the events were organized and materials presented were useful in obtaining an aviation merit badge.

The scouts toured the Kenai Airport, Federal Aviation Administration Tower and Flight Service Station. A visit to Kenai Maintenance and Alaska Flying Network gave them information for career opportunities such as mechanics and flight instructors.

Aircraft were available for preflight and presentations were given on instruments, explaining their purpose and functions. They were taught how to define aircraft and, on a model, were shown how different forces act on an airplane in flight.

A new requirement this year was to build an FPG-9, which, as leaders learned, was a "foam and paper glider" made out of a 9-inch plate. Needless to say, the organizers were awake for long hours the evening before the event, making sure that the foam airplanes really flew.

Dee Hanson is the executive director of the Alaska Airmen's Association.



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