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Aviation - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Aviation Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Aviation merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Aviation - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these online class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky American Business Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Aviation Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Aviation Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1.

Do the following:

(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 of an airplane are used for takeoff, straight climb, level turn, climbing turn, descending turn, straight descent, and landing.

While the counselor will assist in ensuring Scouts have an understanding of the physics referenced within this requirement, only Scouts who have reviewed the Merit Badge Pamphlet and can demonstrate these principles will have the ability to be signed off on this part of the requirement. Scouts arriving at the class not having prepared for this requirement will NOT be able to fully complete it exclusively during the class. Be Prepared.

(e)

Explain the following: the sport pilot, the recreational pilot and the private pilot certificates; the instrument rating.

2.

Do TWO of the following:

Most classes will focus on Requirements 2e and 2f. Scouts should come prepared to participate in completion of these two requirements that will be led by the counselor during the class. Remember that sign off on ANY requirement is at the discretion of the counselor and active participation during the class will be one way the counselor can best assess a Scout's understanding and successful completion. Scouts attending the class that have NOT done preparation work should expect to complete Requirement 2. Scouts choosing to work on a different option(s) may do so and bring their work to class for review and consideration by the counselor, however, Scouts will still be expected to willingly and appropriately participate in any class activities.

Scouts should select the two requirement components they want to do and be prepared with their work to share during the class with the counselor / instructor. Scouts not having done pre-work on this requirement will not be able to receive sign off on this requirement prior to the class. Any signed off partial or completion of this requirement will be at the discretion and satisfaction of the merit badge counselor / instructor.

(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.

(c)

Obtain and learn how to read an aeronautical chart. Measure a true course on the chart. Correct it for magnetic variation, compass deviation, and wind drift to determine a compass heading.

(d)

Using one of many flight simulator software packages available for computers, "fly" the course and heading you established in requirement 2c or another course you have plotted.

(e)

Explain the purposes and functions of the various instruments found in a typical single-engine aircraft: attitude indicator, heading indicator, altimeter, airspeed indicator, turn and bank indicator, vertical speed indicator, compass, navigation (GPS and VOR) and communication radios, tachometer, oil pressure gauge, and oil temperature gauge.

(f)

Create an original poster of an aircraft instrument panel. Include and identify the instruments and radios discussed in requirement 2e.

3.

Do ONE of the following:

This requirement will NOT be done in the class. Scouts may choose to complete this requirement ahead of time or complete this after the class. The class will focus some time for discussion of this requirement as well as the sharing of any video, pictures, and/or documentation to support their completion of this requirement. Only Scouts that share their work to the satisfaction of the counselor will have an opportunity to complete this requirement during the class.

(a)

Build and fly a fuel-driven or battery-powered electric model airplane. Describe safety rules for building and flying model airplanes. Tell safety rules for use of glue, paint, dope, plastics, fuel, and battery pack.

(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.

Do ONE of the following:

Scouts should bring with them to class some sort of proof (a note signed by the host, your parent, teacher, Scoutmaster, or other) to help validate to the counselor your completion of the visit that is noted in this requirement along with some sort of summary for the option selected. Ideally scouts should include some sort of additional information to share from the visits (a brochure, a ticket stub, pictures, etc). Scouts will be asked to share their experience with the counselor and class. It is suggested Scouts may want to consider making notes in the Merit Badge Workbook in order to organize and formulate their description and explanation required for this requirement.

(a)

Visit an airport. After the visit, report on how the facilities are used, how runways are numbered, and how runways are determined to be "active."

(b)

Visit a Federal Aviation Administration facility control tower, terminal radar control facility, air route traffic control center, or Flight Standards District Office. (Phone directory listings are under U.S. Government Offices, Transportation Department, Federal Aviation Administration. Call in advance.) Report on the operation and your impressions of the facility.

(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.