The 12th annual Idaho Aviation Festival (March 11-13) began
on a high note as more than 275 pilots from as far away as
Montana and Oregon gathered in Boise for a Thursday night
Pilot Town Meeting with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
(AOPA) President Phil Boyer.
Boyer provided the near-capacity crowd an up-to-date assessment
of issues impacting general aviation. A question and answer
period followed the formal presentation.
weekend offered aviators and spectators a broad range of topics.
Everything from winter survival to mountain and canyon flying
and a ride in the Spatial Disorientation Simulator filled
the weekend activities.
Attendees were treated to the latest in digital technology
and flight simulators at a trade show that featured 35 vendors
and aviation organizations.
Author Bruce McAllister took participants deep into aviation
history through a tour of the air mail service and a photographic
presentation of history Wings Across America.
Maj. Gen. John Kane, Adjutant General of Idaho, was the keynote
speaker at the festivals kickoff luncheon. He shared
insights about the Middle East and the forces that have shaped
the world since Sept. 11, 2001, and talked about homeland
Teachers learn aviation lessons
Hunched over a table, rulers in hand, teachers participating
in a two-day workshop were challenged to locate mountain lakes
on an aeronautical chart. It might sound simple enough, but
the names of the lakes were not provided. Instead, these teachers-turned-students
were given a geographic address 42 degrees 16 minutes,
N and 113 degrees 45 minutes W.
The activity illustrated how teachers can incorporate an
aviation tool into lessons involving math, measurements and
geography. Education standards require that students demonstrate
an understanding of units and processes of measurement, and
can use the techniques and tools to demonstrate those principles.
out a course from one city to another, create a flight plan,
said workshop leader Richard Klein.
You can use all these in the classroom. If you can
show your children (latitude and longitude) on these charts,
they can use these skills on the standardized tests.
North Freemont High technical education teacher Mel Mikkola,
Ashton, took away ideas for immediate application in the classroom.
This is exactly what I needed to advance my curriculum
and create more interest, Mikkola said. Its
a lot more than Id expected. Aviation lends itself to
application in multiple subjects, including math, history
and physics, he said.
Aviation pioneers speech concludes successful festival
Record-breaking pilot and aviation pioneer Dick Rutan took
part in the teacher workshop and was the keynote speaker at
the closing banquet.
During the workshop, Rutan spoke to young Nicholas Buckley
about following his dreams and the importance
of science and math in school. He also talked to educators
about the importance of shaping their students' futures.
A record crowd of more than 250 attended the festivals
closing banquet. Rutan captured the audiences attention
when he recognized three budding artists who won an Aviation
Art Contest among 6- to 9-year-olds.
He reminisced about how he and fellow crewmember, Jeanna
Yeager, were the first to complete a nonstop flight around
the world in an airplane without refueling. Their aircraft,
Voyager, now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's
Milestones of Flight gallery in Washington, D.C.