AOPA Helps 100 Texas Students
Held as part of AOPA’s Aviation Summit 2013 and Airportfest -- the portion of Summit held at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport – “Get Airborne” consisted of eight specific learning stations including aerodynamics, airport operations, air traffic control, pre-flight inspections, power plants, instruments, building and flying a glider and aviation careers.
Participants gathered in a hangar at Meacham that contained a Piper Cherokee on loan from Girls in Flight Training (http://www.girlsinflight.org/) and an historic biplane in addition to the eight flight-training stations. They met with Mark Baker, AOPA president and CEO, other AOPA staff members and instructors, and volunteers including aviation professionals from local aviation businesses.
During a lunch break, the students also heard from Luke Hickerson and John Ponts, pilots on the Discovery Channel’s popular Flying Wild Alaska show.
Students between the ages of 13-18 took part in “Get Airborne.” Most were from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Scouts who participated were able to earn the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge following completion of the program. .
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.