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The mission is for students to demonstrate their aviation knowledge and skills through competition aligned with the following standards:
Airman Certification Standards
Students will compete in teams and individually. Teams will compete in a simulated flight. Individually, students will be tested on airman knowledge and aircraft identification.
Simulated Flight Mission Completion Criteria
The exact details of the mission will be revealed after arriving onboard the Yorktown. The aircraft type, departure airport, arrival airport, and weather outlook will be briefed the night before the competition. Competitors are expected to be able plan a VFR flight and use a flight simulator to execute their plan. Competitor will be evaluated on the time and fuel required to complete the flight, minus any demerits for violating regulations and standard procedures. Competitors are expected to be able to use a flight simulator to:
Multiple-choice test aligned with the mission learning objectives. The test will have a time limit.
Students will identify twenty (20) aircraft. For each aircraft to be identified, an image of one aircraft will be shown for a few seconds and then several seconds will be allowed to select answers from multiple choices.
Student participants may be certified as Student Pilots but students must not have yet received primary pilot certification.
Individuals can not take the airman knowledge and aircraft identification test without being on a team that competes in the simulated flight.
Space is limited to ten (10) teams.
For the simulated flight competition, arriving first does not mean you win. Scoring will be based on a combination of time and fuel used minus demerits for violating mission completion criteria.
The airman knowledge and aircraft identification tests will be curved.
After the mission briefing, and before the simulated flight, students are to develop their flight plans only with the other students on their team. Teachers, coaches, instructors, and parents are not to help students with the flight plans.
Prizes and Trophies
Students and teachers will be staying onboard the USS Yorktown, which is the centerpiece of Patriots Point Navel and Maritime Museum. See the "Operation Overnight" web page for more information about what is included, what to pack, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is a very nice facility within walking distance of the Yorktown. Late January and early February are the off-season and rooms are typically available at very reasonable rates.
Alpha Group Activity Order
Bravo Group Activity Order
Lights Out - 11:00 pm
Reveille - 6:30 am
Sponsors and Guests
James (Jim) Borgaard, Lead Recruiter at LIFT Academy, in Indianapolis, Indiana
Technical Sergeant Mark J. Gregory, Production Recruiter for the South Carolina Air National Guard stationed at McEntire Joint National Guard Base
James (Lanny) Cline, Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration based in Columbia, South Carolina
George Greene, Associate Dean of Manufacturing & Maintenance at Trident Technical College located in the South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center, located in North Charleston.
Lloyd Richardson, Chair of the Department of Aeronautics at Charleston Southern University.
Christopher (CJ) Will, First Officer for American Airlines.
Special thanks to our top sponsor!
Triple Tree Aerodrome
Sponsor of the Grand Prize. Sponsor of the traveling trophy, school trophy, and flight experience for the winning team of the simulated flight competition. Provided financial assistance for transporting teams in the Upstate to Patriots Point.
Other Participating Organizations.
Trident Technical College will be representing the aircraft maintenance and manufacturing pathway in the panel discussion.
Air National Guard will be representing the military pathway in the panel discussion.
Federal Aviation Administration will be representing government pathway in the panel discussion.
First Officer, Christopher Will, will be representing American Airlines in the panel discussion.
These organizations have donated swag: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Gleim, University of South Carolina, and Boeing.
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