SETP West Coast Section Education Outreach

The SETP West Coast Section is hard at work inspiring younger generations to become aerospace professionals and hopefully test pilots.

At the Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field, Lancaster, CA on March 24-25 a group of SETP members volunteered to help out at the SETP STEM booth. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, an education buzzword focusing on technical subjects. We taught air show visitors the functions of major aircraft parts as they relate to stability and control using a simplified model aircraft (the garage inspiration of Brian “Sandbag” Sandberg (AF). We also set up a simulator to provide a hands-on activity for visitors to learn about different aircraft handling qualities. The simulator was put together by Mark "Forger” Stucky (F) last year proved to be a phenomenal tool again to demonstrate the work of a test pilot. With the constant draw of colorful paper airplanes, which was the most fun activity of the air show for many kids, the SETP booth was again a great success.

Talk about watching a planted seed begin to grow!

Many high school students visited our booth asking questions on how to become a test pilot. Some of them were students who had attended our main SETP symposium in Anaheim in the years before and they told us about their choice of college and future career plans. This is why we are there! The continued presence of SETP Education Outreach at air shows, career events, and other STEM related activities inspires the youth to consider becoming a test pilot later in life.

I’d like to thank Brian “Sandbag” Sandberg (AF), Paul “Promo” Calhoun (M), James “T-Pain” Hayes III (AM), Jonathan “Spades” Gilbert (M), Harry “Slinger” van Hulten (M), Andrew “Face” McFarland (AF), and Fred “Nadir” Meyer (PAM) for helping out at the SETP booth during the LA County Air Show.

If you would like to do something exciting for the Society this year, consider helping out at one of the upcoming STEM events! Our next event is the Aviation Career Day on Friday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Clay Lacy Hangar - Van Nuys Airport. Please let me know if you’re interested.

Until next time,

Martin van de Pol (AM)

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