Boy Scouts learn about aviation
The Aviation Merit Badge program is structured to introduce young adults to careers and basic education in aviation. Eight members of the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) under the direction of Major Steven Hall instructed 26 Boy Scouts through the eight hour aviation class.
The scouts learned about the history of aviation, different types of aircraft, the functions of airframe and power plant on the aircraft, controlled airspace and tower communications, the layout and classification of an airport and various careers in aviation.
All of the scouts toured the Stinson Airport Control Tower and were able to observe flight operations as various planes and helicopters communicated with the control tower prior to their landings. The CAP members showed the scouts two of the Civil Air Patrol planes and instructed them on the controls as they sat in the cockpit also known as the flight deck.
At the end of the class each scout built a model FPG-9 plane using a styrofoam plate, a penny and a paper clip and then they flew their planes outside in the courtyard at the Stinson Airport.
The Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol located at Stinson Airport is involved in several areas of Emergency Services, including search and rescue, disaster relief, humanitarian services, Air Force support, Homeland Security and counter drug oprations. The Texas Wing is a member of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center involved in disaster response across the state. Its pilots are part of the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.