Boy Scouts Tour DOAV’s Educational ICON A5
In honor of the Boy Scouts 111th Anniversary, here is a repost of the story from a brief event that took place last year.
The Virginia Department of Aviation brought out its new ICON A5 educational display to teach local Boy Scouts about aviation on Saturday, October 17, 2020. DOAV Engineer Alton Jordon wanted to show his son and fellow scouts the ICON A5 since the group was already launching rockets as an aviation activity. He partnered with PR Specialist Kim Wells, who is the lead of the ICON A5 Program and they both explained how the aircraft worked while allowing the scouts and chaperones to sit inside the airplane and ask questions. DOAV Communications and Education Director, John Campbell drove the display and helped clean the aircraft.
This small gathering was a nice opportunity to show off the aircraft and teach the scouts and the chaperoning adults about aviation. Alton Jordan is an Engineer for DOAV and he also has his private pilot’s license and it was nice to have him share his experience in aviation at the educational event. He has helped the agency at other events and truly enjoys educating the youth.
“If I can open the eyes of just one child, introduce them to career options they may have never considered, I've done my job. Also seeing the eyes of youth light up is a bonus,” said Jordan.
Safety measures were taken to be sure that this event was safe for everyone. The aircraft was wiped down before and after each child sat inside, masks were worn by all attendees and the scouts wore gloves to help prevent the spread of germs.
Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910, and February 8 is recognized annually as National Boy Scout Day to honor those who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.