Date: July 21, 2011 8:03:40 PM MDT
Subject: Aviation Merit Badge
Hello Scouts and Scouters!
The date is rapidly approaching to work on the Aviation Merit Badge and help out at the Flight over the Falls Air Show! Below are the requirements from the AVN MB that will be used to earn our merit badge. There are more in the Merit badge book, and I encourage each Scout to look over the other requirements and see if they interest him. I’ll be happy to work with each Scout to give him the best possible experience. A comprehensive schedule will be published shortly. Here is the short version.
Tuesday, 26 July
Requirements 1a — d and 3a
Wednesday, 27 July
Requirements 2b and 5
Saturday, 30 July and Sunday, 31 July
Requirement 4. c — Attend and Volunteer at Air Show
1. a.Define “aircraft.” Describe some kinds and uses of aircraft today. Explain the operation of piston, turboprop, and jet engines.
b.Point out on a model airplane the forces that act on an airplane in flight.
c.Explain how an airfoil generates lift, how the primary control surfaces (ailerons, elevators, and rudder) affect the airplane’s attitude, and how a propeller produces thrust.
d .Demonstrate how the control surfaces (Ailerons, Elevators, Rudder, Flaps) of an airplane are used for takeoff, straight climb, level turn, climbing turn, descending turn, straight descent, and landing.
e.Explain the following: the recreational pilot and the private pilot certificates; the instrument rating.
2. a. Take a flight in an aircraft with your parent’s permission. Record the date, place, type of aircraft, and duration of flight, and report on your impressions of the flight.
b. Under supervision, perform a preflight inspection of a light airplane.
3. b. Build a model FPG-9. Get others in your troop or patrol to make their own model, then organize a competition to test the precision of flight and landing of the models.
4. c. Visit an aviation museum or attend an air show. Report on your impressions of the museum or show.
5. Find out about three career opportunities in aviation. Pick one, and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
I’ve found Volunteers who will be providing instruction in the requirements; Military, Commercial and Civil Aviation Pilots, Operations Specialists machinists, etc.. All the Requirements will be met, with the exception of 2.a. I have promises for light aircraft from some private pilots, and we are trying for flights in a helicopter from Malmstrom. We will try to get as many Flights as possible as soon as possible so as to build a schedule and flight plan to present for district approval. HOWEVER, in order to build this schedule, I MUST have the Scouts names by MONDAY, 25 July. I’ve included a consent form. Please fill it out for your Scout and return it to me. Leave the date blank and I will contact you when we go to build the schedule.
Next most important item – I must have the name and driver’s license number of each person driving onto the MT ANG base, whether dropping the boys off or picking them up. I must get this info to the Security Forces so as to allow entry to the base.
Also, don’t forget to Volunteer (Scouts and Scout Parents, Tigers and Partners, Cubs and Venturers, too) for help setting up and during the Show itself
Okee -Dokee More info to follow as I get it!
Yours in Scouting,
Lonnie D. Adkins, Scoutmaster Troop 7