EAA Chapter 992
With members flying from both Marshfield Municipal Airport (KMFI) and Taylor County Airport (KMDZ), Chapter 992 meets on the second Monday of each month, at 7:00p, alternately between Marshfield and Taylor County airports.
A Perfect Flying Partnership — EAA and Boy Scouts
On October 2nd, EAA Chapter 992 of North Central Wisconsin and the Boy Scout Troops of the Ojibwa District of the Samoset Counsel, partnered up to help the Boy Scouts attain their Aviation Merit Badge.
The EAA’s Young Eagles Program proved to be the perfect mix to not only assist these scouts to complete the requirements to earn the Aviation Merit badge, but it also introduced the Scouts to Aviation and the EAA’s Organization.
The Marshfield Municipal Airport in Marshfield, Wisconsin (FAA Identifier KMFI) was the host to more than 100 Boy Scouts and 25 to 30 Troop Leaders and assistants. The Airport Management Staff opened their doors for the Troop to conduct their Fall Camporee on Airport grounds for the entire weekend. The scouts camped in tents on the airport grounds and braved day time temperatures in the low 60’s and frosty nights in the 40’s.
EAA Chapter 992 President Dave LeVoy and Vice President Chris Owens organized volunteers from the chapter to conduct training sessions which incorporated the two organization’s programs. The Boy Scouts moved from station to station for the entire day and were exposed to various aspects of aviation to include, Pilot Certificate types, Airplane Control surfaces and how they affect flight, the purpose and functions of various instruments, how to read an aeronautical chart, air navigation and how magnetic variations and compass deviations affects navigation. They were also exposed to Powered Parachute flight by me. We discussed the similarities and differences and they seemed very interested in this small simple machine.
The scouts supplied lunch and dinner for the volunteer instructors and the highlight of the day included their introductory flights from Chapter Volunteer Pilots. Because of the numbers of scouts, the flights were continuous throughout the day. Each received a log book and a certificate from the EAA Young Eagle’s Program.
I was honored to meet a very special young pilot named Tyler Stargardt of Marshfield. Tyler was first exposed to aviation through the Young Eagles program in 2006. He immediately had a passion for flight and soon after started flight training. He worked hard to finance his training and in early 2010 became the first recipient of the EAA Flight Training Scholarship of $7500. The Scholarship helped pay for his flight training and in June of 2010 Tyler received his Private Pilot Certificate. He is now working towards obtaining his instrument rating. The Young Eagle’s Program exposed Tyler to aviation and the Scholarship has helped his dreams of flight come true. Introduce a young person to the experience of flight and it will change his life forever. I have no doubt Tyler will go on to great things in aviation. He also gave back to the program by donating his Saturday to helping the scouts in the navigation phase of the program. Go for it Tyler, the sky is not the limit.
As for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday with the scouts and am looking forward to volunteering my time to the Young Eagles Program in the future. I also received my first flight in a small private plane (Thanks Star). Yes I was nervous and yes it is very different from Powered Parachute Flying.
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