For most of history, people have dreamed of flying, imagining how it would feel to soar through the sky like an eagle or hover in midair like a hummingbird; to float on unseen currents, free of Earth’s constant tug, able to travel great distances and to rise above any obstacle. Today, through aviation, we can not only join the birds but also fly farther, faster, and higher than they ever could.
This pamphlet will enable a Scout to earn the Aviation Merit Badge through greater understanding of modern day aircraft and the components and science that make them fly. They will also become familiar with the differences between recreational pilot and private pilot certificates, as well as instrument ratings. Also involved in this process is the building and flying of aircraft models.