Our next official meeting will be Saturday, 3/25 from 10am to noon at Hangar #102 at the Livermore Airport. We are going to continue our hands-on experience with what it takes to build an airplane. Van’s Aircraft, one of the most popular homebuilder plane suppliers, has an aluminum toolbox kit they make available as a practice project for new plane builders. With this fun project you’ll get experience prepping aluminum sheets and riveting. We also have a few small wing sections to build.
Practice Project – Toolbox
Practice Project – Wing section
We will supply the kits. There is no cost to participate. But, if you decide to keep what you’ve built, we’ll charge you the $28 or $35 cost for the kit. Otherwise, we’ll keep them as samples for future explorer post presentations and/or for local schools.
While you’re building the toolboxes we’ll have some lively aviation related conversations and answer questions for you. If we can line up some pilots, we’ll also do more of the free Young Eagle flights. (http://www.youngeagles.org)
Parents of Explorer Post members are encouraged to attend all meetings! But, it isn’t mandatory. However, first time visitors under the age of 18 *must* attend with their parents.
Breakfast Beforehand — If you are able to make it, you can join my family and the local pilot community for breakfast before our meeting. Local pilots have an informal breakfast every Saturday at 8am at Shari’s restaurant in Livermore. Space is limited so we’ll have just the explorer post youth eat with the pilots. The explorer post parents will eat with me at nearby tables. But, we’ll still have plenty of opportunity to chat with the pilots there. For our young flyers, this is a great networking opportunity for them to meet people with many contacts within the aviation and aerospace industries.
Shari’s Restaurant – Village Inn, 1116 E Stanley Blvd, Livermore, CA 94550
Our Aviation Explorer Post is a program run under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America. We are a coed program for youth aged 14 through 20. Annual membership for the post is $24. Some activities will incur additional costs. More information is available on our website.
Aviation Explorer Post #997 is sponsored by Robot Garden. Our mutual goal is to facilitate STEM career exploration within the aviation and aerospace industries. Our program includes various informal STEM learning projects, presentations, tours and hands-on makerspace activities.