Scouts interested in earning the aviation merit badge may complete the prerequisite simulator flight training requirement at Action Point. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is using a Cessna 172 airplane in the computer exercise — the most common aircraft used in pilot training.
Scouts will learn to use a throttle, take off, increase power, straighten and level off, and then hopefully land. Trainer Kenyon O’Dell with Red Bird Flight Simulations says many will crash — but that’s okay.
By completing the training, Scouts will earn a special patch and a certificate of completion. All Scouts can register for a grand prize giveway — either a remote control helicopter or airplane. Also, those13 years and older can sign up for a free membership in AOPA.