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Potential future pilots visit Hummel

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Boys from Chesapeake Academy who are interested in aviation, and possibly becoming pilots, got a hands-on tour of Hummel Airfield in Topping.

Chesapeake Academy offers activity periods once a week to spark various interests in its students outside of the traditional academic areas. Recently, students visited Hummel Airfield in Topping for an activity called “It’s All Up In The Air,” which began with Southwest Airlines “Adopt a Pilot” program and branched out to aviation in general, said teacher Robin Blake.

The boys learned the different parts of an airplane, their call signs, how to track a flight path, differences in time zones, air speed and wind speed, and how “lift” occurs on a wing. The students got to sit in a plane cockpit and use the yoke to see how a plane would turn, and also talked with airplane pilots. They watched an airplane take off and land, and heard about the weather, air speed and direction that a pilot would hear from the beacon tower at the airfield.

“These boys are all interested in aviation, and possibly becoming pilots!” said Blake.

posted 03.15.2017

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