Carroll Composite Squadron, 1st Lt Randy Budge, Commander, and 2nd Lt Michael Swam, Deputy Commander of Cadets, invited Mt Airy Composite Squadron to join them in a field trip to Frederick Municipal Airport on 18 March 2017. This was a cadet inspired and planned activity. Three cadets from and three senior members from Mt Airy Composite Squadron joined the Carroll Composite Squadron cohort at the AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) National Aviation Community Center.
The cadets were treated to an hour of flight simulation. Three different simulators were available along with instruction by Mike Woods, manager of the AOPA National Aviation Community Center. Another hour was dedicated for a tour of the air traffic control tower. Air traffic controllers, Jeremy, Steve and Gayle fielded question about the airfield, their work, personal histories and the different educational avenues available.
Frank Watson, CFI, pilot and instructor completed the morning with a preflight demonstration and lesson. Mr. Watson is a member of the Frederick Composite Squadron and is familiar with the Frederick Municipal Airport community. The cadets were encouraged to inspect the airplane with sight and touch.
Following lunch, the group traveled to the Maryland State Police Hanger where they were greeting by Paramedic Melissa Haut, pilots Tim Fulk and Craig Renier. Paramedic Haut and pilot Fulk presented the Maryland State Police Aviation Command’s history and mission. They shared statistics, personal histories, educational challenges and various routes available for training. The cadets were treated with a hand-on opportunity to explore the helicopter and to ask additional questions on a one-on-one basis.
Additional assistance came in the form of 2nd Lt David Cox, Carroll Composite Squadron, and 2nd Lt Jim Buchheit, Mt Airy Composite Squadron. They were instrumental in generating relevant questions as well as in answering cadet queries.