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MER-VA-095 AEROSPACE:  2018 Planned POA Activities
 Date Topic Hands On Activity
 Oct 2017 AD 1.3 BalloonsAEXII 1.18 Hot Air Balloons
 Nov 2017Current Events in STEMAEXII 1.4 Rocket Golf
 Dec 2017Gail Halverson "Uncle Wiggly Wings"AEXI 2.1 Parachutes, Candy, and the Great Uncle Wiggly Wings 
 Jan 2018Intro to RoboticsAEX1 2.10 Intro to Robotics
 Feb 2018Tuskegee AirmenAEXII 1.6 Back to Basics Paper Airplanes
 Mar 2018Women Throughout Aviation HistoryAEXII 1.16 Harriet Quimby
 Apr 2018NASA Eco-DemonstratorAEXII 2.11 Ring Wing
 May 2018Sport Parachuting (Guest Speaker)Building Parachutes
 Jun 2018Flight Physiology ProblemsAEXSM 4 Barany Chair
 Jul 2018 Current Events in STEMRocketry - Water Bottle Rockets
 Aug 2018 Current Events in STEMModel Rocketry Stage 2
 Sep 2018 Hispanic Heritage MonthOceana Air Show

Aerospace Education at Coastal also goes beyond Squadron Lessons, This year we are also actively involved with the community including:
  • Old Donation School Aerospace Club with AEX lesson plans
  • Military Aviation Museum Warbirds and BiPlanes Air Shows
  • Oceana Naval Air Station Air Show
  • Field Trips and Visits to AE events and museums

February AE - African American History month

posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:26 AM by Jason Engelhardt

   Since February is African American history month we are going to explore these pioneers that not only persevered the challenges of aviation in it's infancy but did during a time of severe segregation, animosity, and violence.
     You can not study African American history in aviation without hearing about the Tuskegee Airmen.  This all negro squadron during WWII was one of the best bomber escort squadrons in the war.  Tuskegee, Alabama was the sight of a negro flight school started by President Roosevelt (with pressure from Mrs. Roosevelt) and part of the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program started to train pilots for wartime.  
     There were a few lesser know pioneers before them.  Bessie Coleman for example was not only the first black to hold an airman certificate in the United States, she was also a woman in 1921.  Bessie received her training in France, because no American flight school would admit her.  Please take time this month to research these and many more great men and women from our past.

Aeronautical Chart Users Guide

posted Jan 24, 2017, 6:54 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

This weeks AE lesson is on Aerial Navigation and Charts. The FAA publishes an excellent guide available for free as a PDF HERE*

CAP Aerospace Education Materials

posted Dec 20, 2016, 3:54 PM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

 CAP Aerospace Education Materials are available HERE

Rocketry Resources

posted Jul 28, 2016, 6:42 AM by Richard Qualls

In support of our Rocketry program, please note the links below that will give you good access to quality presentations.

Each link is to a different part of the Rocketry Program:

Free Membership in Americas Largest Aviation Community

posted May 25, 2016, 8:54 PM by Richard Qualls

AOPA is committed to stopping the decline in the pilot population through several initiatives including the new AOPA AV8RS membership FREE for teens ages 13-18. AOPA provides fantastic educational and informative aviation oriented resources and community membership.  Those eligible Apply Today*

The United States Civil Air Patrol Promotes Activities that Benefit Parents and Their Teens

posted Mar 29, 2016, 12:30 PM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 12:32 PM ]

Great article in this months Flying! Magazine on how CAP provides an outstanding opportunity for Teens and their Parents to get together to serve their community state and nation.

Photo credit Flying! Magazine

Aviation Week Magazine Archives Online Free Access

posted Feb 6, 2016, 1:03 PM by Richard Qualls

Aviation Week has made their archives free for access in 2016. These publications range from 2010-2016 and provide both a fascinating history and look into the latest technologies of today. 

Click HERE to leave this .gov site to register and access

AFA Air Force Magazine is now FREE

posted Nov 24, 2015, 6:30 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 6:31 AM ]

In keeping with the Air Force Association’s mission of educating the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power, AFA is committed to ensuring its products reach the widest possible audience. Therefore, Air Force Magazine and its archived Daily Report columns are now free for anyone to read. Click HERE to leave this .gov site read the latest edition and access previous edition archives.

January 29th Aerospace Education Followup

posted Feb 4, 2015, 9:47 AM by Richard Qualls

Thursday night was an exciting evening dedicated to Aerospace Education. We worked with the wind tunnels, testing various materials and shapes for their aerodynamic properties and covered air space navigation with standard aeronautical charts. For those interested there is still an inventory of Virginia Aeronautical Charts to take home.  

Online informational resources* for followup on what we covered:

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