Bert Griffith, 10 of Boy Scout Troop 56, gets assistance into an airplane for a ride over Kingman. MCR_Aaron Ricca_File Photo
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Kingman Airport and U.S. Air Force to Join Forces for Training

Bert Griffith, 10 (in wheelchair), of Boy Scout Troop 56, gets assistance into Tim Gerlach’s airplane for a ride over Kingman during the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Day April 27. MCR/Aaron Ricca/File Photo

KINGMAN – Members from the United States Air Force will be at the City of Kingman Airport and Industrial Park to host a Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Training program Saturday.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 765 will host the Luke Air Force Base personnel to hold a briefing addressing civilian and military aircraft flying together in the National Airspace System.

“Registration is for pilots who participate in the program for credits,” said EAA Chapter President Tim Gerlach. “It’s open to the public as well.”

Pilots can register at https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_publicregistration.aspx?eid=92279&type=0.

The seminar is fly-in friendly with 30 seats available for the course and 25 still open.

U.S. Marine Corps will also be on site to update civilian pilots regarding the special use of airspace west of area R-2501 (near Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms)

The meeting is at the EAA Chapter 765 Don Downy Memorial Hangar at 4560 Flightline Drive.

FAA Chart showing the R-2501 airspace west of Kingman. MCR_File Image

CHANGES IN EFFECT

The airport has been in control of the City of Kingman for more than a year after years of alleged neglect and mismanagement by the Kingman Airport Authority.

Gerlach and other local pilots hosted a Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Day April 27.

At least 60 scouts, scout leaders and family members from throughout Mohave County made their way to the airport for a morning of aviation education and a flight over Kingman.

The Kingman Modelers Club had remote controlled airplanes and a few drones on hand and Tri-State Careflight granted a look inside one of their MEDIVAC choppers.

About 25 boys went on flights. One or two decided not to.

Bert Griffith, 10, of Boy Scout Troop 56 was not one of the kids who stayed on land.

“It was really exciting,” he said of his first airplane ride. He was amazed how many people have boats just sitting in their yards and not on the water.

Gerlach was glad to help the kids get a new experience in life.

“I could tell they were interested in flying,” he said. “It’s always fun to give them the experience of the first flight and encourage them to look into aviation if they want.”

Paul Gaines, another local pilot who dedicated his time to teach kids something new, was surprised at the turnout.

“I expected about 20 people all together,” he said. “(60) is a solid turnout.”

Gerlach, Gaines and other airport business owners and pilots are still planning this year’s l Kingman Airfest Saturday, Oct. 19. Expect more planes, aviation activities and fundraising activities in the near future.

Stay tuned to The Rattler for more info.