Civil Air Patrol

La Crosse Composite Squadron receives Air Force Association grant

La Crosse, Wis. – The Air Force Association and Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse Composite Squadron will be partnering up to bring aerospace education to life for both local middle school students and for the squadron’s cadets.  A $250 grant recently awarded to the squadron by the Air Force Association will allow the squadron to purchase a remote-control aircraft for use in school-based and squadron-based presentations.

The aircraft will provide students and the cadets the opportunity to experience powered flight up close.  By working with local remote control aircraft groups, the squadron will purchase an aircraft that can be flown outdoors as well as inside gymnasiums, hangars, and lunch rooms.  This capacity will allow the squadron to provide aerospace education to schools regardless of weather conditions.  The grant request was the idea of Major Dave Snyder, the squadron’s aerospace education officer.

The squadron will integrate the remote control aircraft into its “traveling field trip” experience.  During these field trips the squadron travels to local schools and provides students with a hands-on aerospace experience including physics experiments, the squadron’s mobile F-16 simulator and now the opportunity to pilot a remote-control aircraft.  Last year the squadron piloted the project with the Sparta Meadowview Middle School and this year plans to expand from one school to three based on the project’s success.

The traveling field trip opportunity is available to local seventh and eighth grade teachers at both public and private schools in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Houston counties.  The squadron only performs a limited number of traveling field trips per year so teachers are encouraged to contact the squadron if they have an interest in this opportunity.  To learn more about the squadron’s aerospace education outreach program, educators should contact Major Todd Mandel at 608-633-1496 or lacrossecap.pa@gmail.com.

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