Boy Scouts earn aviation merit badges

A group of Boy Scouts from Fillmore and Delta break for lunch during a two-day training event to earn Boy Scout aviation merit badges in Richfield, Nov. 9.

 

FILLMORE – A group of the Fillmore Utah Stake young men, from Fillmore and Delta, engaged in four segments of training at the Richfield Regional Airport to earn Boy Scout aviation merit badges, Nov. 8 and 9. 

The attendees were divided into groups and attended four segments of training over the course of the two-day event. 

Volunteers, who are active pilots, instructed the training segments to the attendees. The training segments included sessions on aircraft maintenance, radio procedures, Federal Aviation Administration requirements and pre-flight inspections of aircraft. 

The event also included approximately 20 flights that allowed for each attendee at least one ride. Some of the Boy Scouts were allowed to pilot the aircraft briefly during flight. 

Two retired Air Force Captains and former pilots of C130 aircrafts – Gary Roper, Fillmore, and Steve Lester, Delta, coordinated the event. This was the first time the event has been held in Richfield, yet the fifth time the two have been at the helm of such. 

Other volunteers who participated in the event as instructors, ground control and assistants included – Chad Cook, Seth Ellingford, Chris Jacobsen, Mike Moore, Chris Moore, Jason Lester, Mark Blomquist, Kurt Peterson, Perry Frandsen, Tom Hubert, Lee Holloman, as well as the Civil Air Patrol. 

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