Area Scouts earn badge at Connellsville airport
A Boy Scout can earn more than 130 merit badges, covering everything from pottery to archery.
A large group of approximately 20 worked together on a recent Tuesday at the Joseph A. Hardy/Connellsville Airport in Dunbar Township to earn their aviation merit badge.
The Scouts spent the morning and part of the afternoon learning about aviation, while hearing about potential jobs in the field.
“We have about 20 Scouts from all over here today,” badge instructor and Connellsville Flying Club member Dan Schiffbauer said of the group from the Old Trails District.
“They are from all over the county (Fayette) and also from Westmoreland County.”
The event, held in honor of National Aviation Day, has been offered at the airport for the past several years. Schiffbauer said it's a big draw for the local Scouts.
“I keep the group to 20 and it fills up,” Schiffbauer said. “Last year we had two classes because the interest was so high.”
The Scouts started the day with a presentation on the background and history of aviation that also included films of different types of engines and planes.
“I was really interested to come here today because my brother is an airplane mechanic,” 10-year-old Seth Durst of Troop 150, Scottdale, said.
The Scouts also were taken to the STAT MedEvac building and helicopter pad at the airport and listened to a presentation there.
Pilots for STAT MedEvac must have a minimum of 2,000 hours of flight time to become part of the unit. They reportedly answer a little over 700 flight calls a year.
“We are a unique branch here and we get to see a lot of unique bases,” flight paramedic Bob Haddad said.
In addition, the Scouts learned the mechanics of an airplane and careers in that field.
“Being a mechanic is a great way to get involved with aviation if you aren't interested in flying a plane,” Schiffbauer said.
For those interested, Scouts were given a ride in the clouds at the end of the day.
Mark Skoric, certified flight instructor, told the group that becoming a licensed pilot or even just enjoying the experience of learning to fly are not as far out of reach as most people think.
“People don't realize that there is no age restriction on taking lessons,” Skoric said. “You can be 5 years old, and if you can see out, you can take a lesson. As long as you're with an instructor, you can learn to fly.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Addision man killed in Route 40 collision
- Mother of Fayette County killer wants to testify in closed courtroom
- Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices
- Woman accused of stabbing man at Fayette housing complex
- Additional charges filed in Connellsville vandalism case
- Uniontown homicide suspect says high blood sugar level should negate statements to police
- Fayette Relay for Life moves to Uniontown church
- Acme teen excited to experience fair as queen
- Dawson Grange Community Fair stands out by staying free to attend
- Belle Vernon Eagle Scout project draws praise
- Fayette County doctor expects to go to prison in prescription scheme