ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL AVIATION DAY ON AUGUST 19
- Regional Boy Scout troops will participate in activities on site to earn aviation merit badges
- Activities begin at 9:00 a.m.
West Mifflin, PA (August 16, 2013) – On Monday, August 19, officials at Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin will celebrate National Aviation Day by helping Boy Scout troops from across the region earn their aviation merit badges.
STAT MedEvac, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Corporate Air, Pittsburgh Flight Training and other groups will conduct activities with the scouts at the airport including interviewing pilots and mechanics, observing inspections and maintenance of aircraft and runway/ramp/security operations, as well as building model airplanes, all of which help fulfill requirements for the aviation merit badge.
“We’re so excited to have the scouts join us at the airport, to learn about our operations and to earn their merit badges,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Allegheny County Airport Authority President. “We expect to have about 50 scouts here on Monday.”
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration for troops. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., scouts will break into groups and participate in various activities, as well as having lunch at the airport.
AGC is the seventh busiest airport in Pennsylvania. The number of operations (75,000 takeoffs and landings per year) outpaces several airports that handle commercial or scheduled flights in Pennsylvania. AGC supports a high volume of business and corporate-related activity. Aviation Maintenance and flight instruction are also a dynamic part of AGC. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics offers associate degrees in specialized technology for avionics and other aviation specialties.
In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National Aviation Day. The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who piloted the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane.