Advanced Aviation Badgeadvanced aviation

(Discover Science & Technology)

Written by Sylvia Duke, Goose


Level 3: Do 6 requirements including the two starred *

Level 4: Do 7 requirements including the two starred *

Level 5: Do 9 requirements including the two starred *


_____ 1.* Earn the Aviation Badge at your level.

_____ 2.* Learn about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). What does it do? Which government department administers it?


Optional requirements:


_____ 3. Earn the Airplanes Badge at your level.


_____ 4. Learn about commercial airliners. Which types of aeroplanes are used for trans-continental flights? Which are used for inter-continental flights? What are their capacities? How much does it cost to operate each?


_____ 5. Study a well-documented airliner crash. What are the most common types of errors that cause crashes: pilot error, technical malfunction, weather conditions or a combination?


_____ 6. Investigate freight haulage by aircraft. What types of planes are used for freight? What are the costs involved in maintaining an air freight business?


_____ 7. What types of training and licenses are required for commercial pilots, flight instructors and flight examiners? What type of medical tests?


_____ 8. Learn about civilian (non-military) uses of helicopters. What are they used for? What training is required for a helicopter pilot license?


_____ 9. Find out about other civilian (non-military) uses of air craft besides passenger and freight carriage. What other industries/businesses use aircraft eg; oil industry, medical industry? What training and pay scale can be expected for a pilot in these industries?


_____ 10. Learn why thunderstorms are so dangerous for aircraft. What is a micro-burst? What effect would it have on an aeroplane flying into it? What action should be taken by a pilot who does fly into a micro-burst?


_____ 11. Read a biography of a famous pilot or other aviation specialist.


_____ 12. Learn about the ground-crew that supports pilots. What specific jobs are there? Choose one and learn about the training, pay and certification involved in becoming qualified for the job. (This requirement may be repeated for each different job studied).


_____ 13. Learn about an experimental aircraft. What makes it different from current aircraft? What are its capabilities? What particular advantage(s) is it expected to have?


_____ 14. Learn about different types of fuel for different aircraft engines. What identifying signs (symbols/icons/letters/numbers) are on the containers of fuel to show the difference?


_____ 15. Learn about the Civil Air Patrol. What is its function?


_____ 16. Learn about the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). What does it do?